View Full Version : Neglected dimensions to tasting: mouthfeel? Ice?

07-22-2005, 19:31
Hi folks, it's been something of a haitus for me.

My brother, in our last phone conversation, mentioned that, from whatever sources that he consults, that Woodford Reserve is the current rage and pinnacle of bourbons. I took the opportunity today to acquire some for the first time, knowing that he'd value my first-hand experience more than what I've read here (or at least that's the excuse). http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

It's been about month since I've had bourbon as money has been tight for me. Anyway, I was less than impressed at first, until I judiciously iced the second pour and then it seemed not such a bad exchange for thirty bucks. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif Woodford Reserve seemed to lack heft. What I found myself missing is the heaviness and oily-ness I found in Elmer T. Lee.

How big of a factor is mouthfeel to you?

Are there instances when you prefer ice and others you prefer no ice?

07-22-2005, 22:00
I find that the viscous/oil feel is a big plus to me. Don't know why, just the way I'm wired, I guess. Maybe that's why I prefer to drink 100+ proof bourbons neat.


07-23-2005, 06:06
I would say mouthfeel is important. I do not like thin or dry mouthfeels and I simply stop drinking those whiskeys.

And I recently bought a bottle of Elmer T. Lee and, yes, it is heavenly. I don't call it oily, but it definitely has a full-bodied mouthfeel. If it was available to me on a regular basis, I'm sure it would be a month-in, month-out purchase.