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tmas
05-03-2013, 13:59
My mint is coming up in the garden, time for a couple of Derby Mint Juleps tomorrow! Cracking a bottle of Sam Houston 10yr for mine, what's going in yours?

squire
05-03-2013, 14:03
Barton . . . . . . . . . .

smknjoe
05-03-2013, 14:08
I think good ole BT, any standard 4r, or Old Forester might do it for me. Barton doesn't sound half bad either.

Trey Manthey
05-03-2013, 14:11
I've been liberally using a handle of dusty I.W. Harper for mint juleps since I picked it up a couple weeks ago. Will is meet its end soon?

JB64
05-03-2013, 14:20
Haven't tried mixing my own yet so I will be drinking Early Times Mint Julep.

camduncan
05-03-2013, 14:22
All my mint died, so it's off to the grocery store for some more... Will probably use Makers in mine. It'll be about 7am Sunday when the Derby runs, so I might be making mine a bit belatedly :)

tanstaafl2
05-03-2013, 14:26
Taking a bottle of WR with the Derby label on it to some friends hosting a Derby party. Don't know if they will crack it or keep it. Also taking some standard BT for the back up bottle in case they don't want to open the WR. May try to finish up the last of the BTEC rice bourbon as well. Better as a mixer than a sipper anyway.

Tony
05-03-2013, 14:27
Going with FRSB this year. Should be good.

Best regards, Tony

MyOldKyDram
05-03-2013, 15:00
None b/c mint juleps are vile.

petrel800
05-03-2013, 15:23
Larceny, back up will likely be Weller 107. We're going to be making a few Juleps tomorrow.

callmeox
05-03-2013, 15:56
None b/c mint juleps are vile.

I knew there was something that I liked about you when we met. :D

MyOldKyDram
05-03-2013, 16:07
I know, right? Horrible stuff. But yeah, I'm pretty awesome.

Flyfish
05-03-2013, 16:39
All my mint died, so it's off to the grocery store for some more... Will probably use Makers in mine. It'll be about 7am Sunday when the Derby runs, so I might be making mine a bit belatedly :)
Your mint died? How did you do that? I planted some more than 20 years ago just for juleps on Derby Day. Decided I don't like juleps but the mint keeps running any way. Even Roundup doesn't wipe it out.

Yeti
05-03-2013, 17:26
I knew there was something that I liked about you when we met. :D

Put me on this team as well. Cheers to those who enjoy, but none for me.

Josh
05-03-2013, 17:33
Communists.

I think they're tasty.

Aaron has a great recipe using tequila instead of bourbon and epazote instead of the mint. He said it was killer last year.

callmeox
05-03-2013, 18:21
Communists.

I think they're tasty.

Aaron has a great recipe using tequila instead of bourbon and epazote instead of the mint. He said it was killer last year.

I know what you mean. I make a killer Manhattan by subbing beer for the whiskey and Cholula sauce for the bitters.

MyOldKyDram
05-03-2013, 18:47
Bourbon makes for a pretty great Bloody Mary, Comrade.

T Comp
05-03-2013, 19:48
None b/c mint juleps are vile.


I knew there was something that I liked about you when we met. :D


Put me on this team as well. Cheers to those who enjoy, but none for me.

Can I hit clean up? I don't want mint in my bourbon unless it is one of the honey 4R F yeast single barrels.

c2walker
05-03-2013, 20:08
EW 1783 10 year. A minty bourbon for a minty cocktail.

Pikesville
05-03-2013, 21:35
Like Mencken, I am partial to rye in my julep. All that ice begs for Ritt BiB or WT 101 rye if on hand.

Old Dusty
05-04-2013, 04:36
OGD 114, like the spice to offset the sugar/mint and the higher proof doesn't get as diluted in all that ice.

Special Reserve
05-04-2013, 05:30
Never had a mint julep and probably never will. I'm thinking of opening a PHC 2007 to enjoy with the race and latter during the Wings game.

Josh
05-04-2013, 08:45
To actually answer the question, I usually use Buffalo Trace. The sweetness and grassiness of it fits together nicely with the mint & sugar.

ER07
05-04-2013, 10:11
I like Maker's 46, great neat and in a julep

CoMobourbon
05-04-2013, 10:30
I'm thinking EWBIB. I like a little rye flavor to offset the sweet and the water.

FlounderinDC
05-04-2013, 10:33
I'm going to someone else's party so whatever they have. I thought about taking my own bottle, but my wife already made bourbon balls to take over. I'll probably only have one julep...then switch to on the rocks or something.

KyFriedChicken
05-04-2013, 11:52
I know what you mean. I make a killer Manhattan by subbing beer for the whiskey and Cholula sauce for the bitters.

I skipped the Mint Julep myself. Made a Manhattan my way.

3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz Whistle Pig
1 dash Angostura® bitters
1 maraschino cherry
4 dashes of lemon juice

and.....Yep....Over crushed ice.

Good to me! That's as close as I will ever get to a Julep or cocktail again. Not my thing.

Sijan
05-09-2013, 10:47
I started with the dregs from an old handle of OGD BIB and went through a handle of Old Forester 100 proof. (Not by myself, of course.)

barturtle
05-09-2013, 10:58
Haven't tried mixing my own yet so I will be drinking Early Times Mint Julep.

This is the best way to do it.

Mint Juleps are designed as a way to make unpalatable whiskey palatable. And since none of us want to spend our money on whiskey we won't want to drink straight, and if we have whiskey we do like to drink straight, why the heck would we ruin it by putting it in a julep...

crush some ice in the blender and pour. no fuss no muss. no wasting of good whiskey.

Bourbon Boiler
05-10-2013, 16:58
Left 1792, WTRB, Baby Saz, Handy, Willett, WTKS, and Russell's Reserve Rye on the counter with a pitcher of mint infused syrup (made from mint in my garden) for my guests to select and mix as they chose. Very nice way to celebrate the Pick Three I hit.

Josh
05-10-2013, 17:39
I don't really agree with Timothy's POV regarding the Julep. That may have been the origin of cocktails and punches, but nowadays it's more about the combination of flavors than making bad whiskey taste good. I agree that upper shelf stuff would be wasted in a mixed drink of any sort, but there are plenty of mid shelf whiskeys that are good neat and in cocktails. Four Roses Small Batch, Maker's Mark, Old Forester Signature, etc all work mixed. Plus, some whiskey is so bad it will end up ruining the drink rather than the drink improving the whiskey.

whiskeyagonzo
05-10-2013, 18:05
I used OWA with fresh cut chocolate mint leaves and sugar. I have to agree with Josh, a good Bourbon should compliment the mint. Inferior Bourbon still tastes inferior with mint and sugar. IMHO anyway.

Kalessin
05-15-2013, 10:31
For a fun read on the proper method of mixing Mint Juleps, I suggest reading the Buckner Mint Julep Ceremony [the ceremony itself is described in the text of a 1937 letter from General SB Bruckner (at the time a former Commandant of Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point) to Gen. Connor (at the time Superintendant at West Point)]:
http://www.thebucknerhome.com/julep/index.html

While I've seen Gen Buckner's letter in other contexts, this is the only place I've seen Gen. Connor's letter requesting the recipe.

squire
05-15-2013, 10:43
Thanks for that link, Gen. Buckner's words are as refreshing now as when I first read them years ago.