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MauiSon
05-10-2013, 12:19
Okay, you're all been served, start yer sippin'!

Here's my take - When drinking for pleasure, I always start with my favorite bottle on deck, reasoning that it is my favorite because, not only does it taste great, it makes everything that follows taste better. For instance, after a fruity FR1B, OO tastes like bubble gum.

However, after a meh pour of Bulleit, my first taste of OGD86 fooled me into thinking it was much more sweet and complex than later tastings proved - so this is not advised when evaluating new bottles.

Since I'm still working my way through my first round of brands (BT and OWA are next-in-line), I haven't established any firm patterns of drinking order - anyone care to share their favored sequences?

LostBottle
05-10-2013, 13:31
I drink mostly ryes and like to start with the high-rye mash bill whiskeys first. I find that if I have something like bourbon or a "legal rye" before drinking something like High West, the subtle sweetness gets lost. The first time I tasted HW16 I made this mistake and thought I had thrown my money away (I didn't and subsequent revisits led me to bunker a bunch). I have also been known to throw an Islay in the rotation, as I did last night - the Islays always come last as they can burn out my palate quickly.

Yeti
05-10-2013, 13:45
Assuming I put any thought into it (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't) my master order is: Bourbon matured Scotch -> Sherry matured Scotch -> Wheated Bourbon -> Rye Bourbon -> Peated Scotch.

As my friends and I often joke during longer and more joyous drinking parties. "how can you have any Bourbon if you don't drink all your Scotch?"

Flee
05-10-2013, 14:37
I tend to start at one end of the spectrum and work my way through either rye to wheater or wheater to rye depending on my mood.

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smknjoe
05-10-2013, 14:53
If I'm tasting for tasting's sake, I'll usually go from lower proof to higher proof. Otherwise, I just go by whatever sounds good.

Meruck
05-10-2013, 16:34
I"ve never really been to picky, I just usually start with the first glass in which the quarter lands.

Josh
05-10-2013, 17:21
I usually start with something young then work my way up to something older. I will generally stick to the same type of whiskey, like all rye or wheaters or malt whiskey. Example: Heaven Hill White label while cooking. Evan Williams Single Barrel after dinner. Elijah Craig 12 after the kid goes to bed. Or Makers, OWA, Pappy 15. Something like that.

p_elliott
05-11-2013, 09:37
I start with the lower proof bourbons first then move up in proof then move on to the rye whiskies.

WAINWRIGHT
05-11-2013, 11:52
I am pretty much with Josh on this and tend to stay within the same mashbill/style in an evening.I think of you stay within these parameters you won't be disappointed in a night's tasting progression,really keeps things on even ground IMHO.

Meruck
05-11-2013, 12:37
I"ve never really been to picky, I just usually start with the first glass in which the quarter lands.

I guess after reconsideration I actually do take by bourbon serious. I haven't created any sort of order or priority other than what strikes me. I typically stare into my cabinet for a few moments and then grab what looks good and typically thats what I am drinking. I may move around but really there is no true plan in it.

The only thing we used for quarters was WT 101............but that was a long time ago.

darylld911
05-11-2013, 14:01
I start with the lower proof bourbons first then move up in proof then move on to the rye whiskies.

I second Paul's approach - I work up in proof and spiciness if I'm doing a studied tasting. If I'm just relaxing at home - I tend not to vary much in a sitting and don't think too much about the order.

theglobalguy
05-11-2013, 14:01
I am pretty much with Josh on this and tend to stay within the same mashbill/style in an evening.I think of you stay within these parameters you won't be disappointed in a night's tasting progression,really keeps things on even ground IMHO.

Very similar to you guys, if it's a bourbon night, rye night or scotch night....at time where i've mixed styles in the same evening, seem to lose the small differences and appreciate it less.

Flyfish
05-12-2013, 06:40
I tend to like family themes: Different vintages of EWSB; Beam family or Sazerac family; a flight of ryes. Looking for family resemblances and differences between iterations. More often though, I find the ideal follow up to AAA is more AAA. Ditto VOB and OWA.

squire
05-12-2013, 06:43
The best way to savor Old Grand Dad on the rocks is with another just like it.

Flyfish
05-12-2013, 07:50
The best way to savor Old Grand Dad on the rocks is with another just like it.
Or close enough to be just a little different. A family progression might be Basil Hayden to OGD BIB to OGD 114. I think I would enjoy the BH more at a higher proof. But, wait, that's what the OGD is for. And at lower prices.

TheNovaMan
05-16-2013, 23:45
My process is quite simple: I generally start with bourbon, then drink more bourbon, and end with........ bourbon! Sometimes I have rye or corn whiskey, but the vast majority of the time it's bourbon.

mosugoji64
05-17-2013, 08:57
The only rules I follow regularly are lower to higher proof and leave the ryes for last. Otherwise, it's whatever fits my mood. If I have a free evening I might have some fun comparing bottles from one distillery or with similar mash bills, different years, etc. I think the only universal rule is to have fun with it, whatever you're doing.

WhiskyRI
05-17-2013, 09:27
No set order - it all depends on my mood. Some nights I'm in the mood for a sherried single malt like the Aberlour A'bunadh, other nights I feel spicy so I reach for a rye - like a baby Saz or a Willet 4-yr. My only "rules" are to gauge my palate before I have another to see if I'll appreciate something and if it's worth pouring or if it will be wasted. For example after a heavily peated whisky - I'll generally stay in the same ball park or stop for the night. If I've had a barrel proof bourbon I might follow it up with another high proof bourbon - although I always add a bit of water when the ABV gets up there. Last night felt like a OFBiB night (big spender I know), then I had a small dram of Baby Saz and finished up with an even smaller dram of Smokehead. Tonight after working in the yard with the warm weather will probably be a gin I just got - Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Barrel-Aged Gin - amazing stuff. I have it on the rocks with a splash of soda. Tons of peppery goodness.

squire
05-17-2013, 20:55
On the nights I feel spicy I don't reach for a bottle.

KJND
05-17-2013, 22:06
Don't change it up much each night as if it looks good for the first pour it certainly looks better on the second pour.

bllygthrd
05-19-2013, 14:47
As my friends and I often joke during longer and more joyous drinking parties. "how can you have any Bourbon if you don't drink all your Scotch?"

With Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall playing in the background ... ""If you don't drink yer Scotch, you can't have any Bourbon. How can you
have any Bourbon if you don't drink yer Scotch?"