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03-02-2004, 22:56
I am currently recovering from a bout of gastritis (don't ask) which prevented me from drinking bourbon for awhile. As I recover, I'm finding that it's easier on my stomach to drink bourbon with an ice cube added, rather than neat, which has always been my preferred method. I'm finding that drinking bourbon with ice seems to bring out subtle flavors that I couldn't detect when I drank it straight. This got me to wondering how you all drink your bourbon. Neat? On the rocks? A little of each?

03-03-2004, 07:06
How Do You Drink Your Stagg? (http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=Premium&Number=16420)

03-03-2004, 09:35
Take one old fashion glass, add a little crushed ice, a lot of bourbon, swirl a couple of times and drink.


03-03-2004, 12:04
While I used to drink my whisk(e)ys neat, I now will often add a splash of water -- it proves to be easier on the stomach! The quantity of water depends on the brand. One comment on water... it's never straight from the tap. I keep a container of tap water in the fridge which allows chemicals like chlorine to dissipate. I also do not like mineral water or bottled waters, although they claim to be pure, they seem to be too hard.

03-03-2004, 12:24
For anything 100 proof or higher, one small ice cube or a splash of water. As mentioned in a previous reply, I use "Brita" filtered water for all my coffee, tea, or bourbon.

03-03-2004, 14:21
In general I follow the rule in my SB.com screenname--but sometimes when I'm not being serious I'll violate the rule and drink on the rocks. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

03-03-2004, 16:14
Usually neat, especially when the weather is cool. With a cube or two, especially when the weather is warm. Ice or, for that matter, cold water is okay for ordinary drinking, but for serious tasting the water should be room temperature. I find Brita-filtered tap water perfectly acceptable for all of my personal hydration needs.

03-03-2004, 17:43
Good for you!!! Tap water, allowing the chlorine to dissipate, is the only way to go. The other minerals add a hint of taste and, believe it or not, distilled water brings a horrible taste to most things, including bourbon. Bottled water is no better than most tap water, once the chlorine gas is allowed to escape, although there are some tap waters that may be a little too "hard" to add to bourbon. Take it from me, I have worked in a public water utility for 32 years and know of what I speak! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

03-03-2004, 17:48
I usually drink premium bourbons neat, from a small 6 oz brandy snifter. I never use shot glasses.

I have been known to add one or two small ice cubes to high proof bourbons... and never branch water, however. On some occasions, I will have bourbon on the rocks.

With my "well bourbons" I will just add coke and ice. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

03-03-2004, 19:12
I'm finding that drinking bourbon with ice seems to bring out subtle flavors that I couldn't detect when I drank it straight.

I have noted this fact, previously, but I was hooted down by everyone else claiming it only gives dilution. But, the serious scotch drinkers accept this as fact.

In winter, I usually drink my bourbon straight or with just a few drops of water. In warmer weather, I like a large "on the rocks" glass filled with ice cubes and a large shot of bourbon. I will occasionally drink it on the rocks in winter and occasionally straight in summer.


03-03-2004, 19:55
Four tiny ice cubes(from the "under the bar" fridge).
They are completely melted within a few minutes.

03-03-2004, 20:31
I use a very old juice glass (atleast that is what I think it is)used to be my grand mother's and I somehow got the set. Works very well since it is small and is curved and wider at the top then the bottom, allows for good "nosing" I usually add two ice cubes, used to drink it all straight, but jus can't any more. Besides, I do notice that I get more flavors with a little dilution with most bourbons.

03-03-2004, 20:36
I have noted this fact, previously, but I was hooted down by everyone else claiming it only gives dilution.

You were being trolled...a certain poster (http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Number=25738&page=3&view=col lapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1) started the whole "dilution" malarkey. He doesn't speak for me...that's for sure.

03-03-2004, 21:24
I usually drink neat (now in my new Ebay-purchased Riedel bourbon glasses -- which are remarkably similar to some $1-a-glass drinkware I found at Tuesday Morning, one of those discount/closeout stores in our area, and previously used). However, high-proof bourbons (like Stagg, Booker's) require some water to varying degrees, and almost everything is tried at some point with a few dribbles of water, ala s***ch.

03-04-2004, 04:56
So no one admits to drinking their bourbon straight from the bottle?? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif

03-04-2004, 05:12
When I first started drinking bourbon (Maker's and Wild Turkey) I would fill an old fashoned glass with ice and pour in the bourbon. Gradually I started adding less and less ice to the point of a single cube for a 2-3oz pour. As my palate began to refine a bit, and I began enjoying a broader range of bourbons, I found that ice really kind of dulled, or toned down some of the flavor components. Now I drink my bourbon mostly neat, but will add bottled, room temperature spring water from time to time to bring down proof or to open up a slightly tannic bourbon. Occasionally I will mix bourbon and Perrier in a 1:1 ratio and drink it over ice. I know it sounds awful, but it is quite refreshing on hot afternoons IMHO. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

03-04-2004, 09:14
I always drink my whisky neat. I don't consider this to be an affectation, since I have tried most other ways and I don't seem to enjoy it as much as I do straight. In fact, I never much cared for bourbon until I did start drinking it neat. Logically, this seems silly to me, since most whisky is diluted from barrel proof when it is bottled. Must be a mental block; go figger. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Nevertheless, I currently like my bourbon best at room temperature, unmodified, in a wide, thick, short, glass cylinder, although I've been itching to try a real tasting glass.

Of course, I have yet to try anything over 100 proof, so when I do I suspect I may discover certain advantages in a bit of room-temp spring water. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

03-04-2004, 09:19
Most of the time, I drink it neat in a brandy snifter.

However, occasionally I will take a hiball glass and fill with chipped ice with a pour of BT or Knob Creek.

03-04-2004, 09:38
LOL. would that be with, or without, a straw! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

03-04-2004, 10:01
drinking their bourbon straight from the bottle??

Hey now...ya'll are startin' to embarrass me... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif EW7 makes a plastic bottle called a traveler that's pretty cool and fits nicely in a saddlebag...

03-04-2004, 11:34
>So no one admits to drinking their bourbon straight from the bottle??

In my younger days, we took inspiration from the movie Animal House,
and would fill an empty Jack Daniels bottle with iced tea so that we could
"chug the bottle". It makes people's eyes get REAL BIG when they see that...

Tim Dellinger

03-04-2004, 13:44
I was waiting for someone to suggest that. I wasn't about to jump straight to my insatiable thirst and the way I've learned to take my Bourbon through an IV drip.... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

03-04-2004, 13:46
Usually straight, but some pours I prefer with a cube or two. In the summer, I occasionally like to fill a rocks glass with crushed ice from the fridge and then fill the glass up to the rim with bourbon, though I usually do this with 'cheaper' bourbon, not something like Hirsch 16, Pappy etc...

03-04-2004, 18:28
Never from a bottle, but, from a jug... you bet! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

03-04-2004, 20:52
When I drank more scotch, years ago, I often enjoyed scotch with Perrier. I can imagine it would also be good with bourbon. Yes, very nice.


03-04-2004, 20:56
Actually, I am more likely to add water to lower proof bourbon to brink out more flavors. I usually enjoy the intense flavors of my favorite high-proof bourbons (e.g., Rare Breed, Old Grand Dad 114), straight.


03-05-2004, 13:32
When I first started drinking bourbon, I always ordered it on the rocks. After a while, I started noticing that other people I know who are into bourbon, and have been drinking it for longer than I have, pretty much always order it neat. So, I started adding less and less ice. After a while it got to the point where when I would order bourbon in a restaurant, I would ask waiters to add only one or two cubes. This always seemed a little particular to me so I finally took the plunge and started ordering it neat. I have been drinking my bourbon neat ever since. I am now convinced that if your stomach can handle it, neat is the way to go.

03-05-2004, 19:25
I'm not fixed on one way to enjoy Bourbon. If it is $30+ I drink it with a little crushed ice. If it is less then $30 I will mix most of the time. A dash of Coke can make Ezra, EW, and JB a bit easier to take. On the other hand I have found nothing to help Scotch.

03-06-2004, 06:56
Generally, I take it neat. I sometimes throw a few cubes in, but there is little rhyme or reason as to why.

Vuld I put zee ize cubez in zee Schtagg? Nein!

03-06-2004, 14:50
I usually drink my boubron neat with a glass of diet Lime Coke with plenty of ice on the side. Oh so tasty.

03-09-2004, 11:39
I tend to drink it neat in cooler weather and on the rocks during warm weather. A little ginger ale or coke with lemon and lime goes nice in the summer by the poolside.

03-09-2004, 19:20
I drink it any way I can! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

The higher proofs (Stagg, Bookers...) with about 1/4 filtered water. I typically drink neat or with one cube, depending on the mood. Sometimes when I'm feeling really rowdy, I'll just drink it straight out of the bottle. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

03-09-2004, 19:24
Usually, sitting; occasionally, bellied up to the bar; rarely, prone.

03-11-2004, 07:21
It depends on the surroundings and the occasion. At a quiet evening get together inside - on the rocks,outside at a party or where there's a lot going on and I'm not likely to "monitor" my intake as closely - mixed in a quart cup with coke. The bigger the cup the slower I tend to drink, keeping me at a comfortable level for the long haul. Just a trick that works for me. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

03-13-2004, 14:32
I almost always drink my bourbon neat with a few drops of water in a Reidel bourbon glass.

I will also use other whisk(e)y glasses (Reidel SMS, Blender's, etc.) I only use a snifter at bars that don't have my preferred glassware.

I use more water, a splash with many barrel proof bourbons.

I only use ice (sometimes) with Canadian whisky.