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    Straight face drinking it straight

    I find myself making a bit of a cringe type face when drinking my bourbon/whiskey straight up . But it is less by by time I get through a couple drinks.

    Does it get easier with time as I train myself to drink it straight up ? Or is this just a common thing with all of us ?

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    Your palate will adjust to the alcohol you are picking up which is typically the first thing a new drinker experiences. I drink 100 pf bourbon and don't really notice the alcohol.
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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    Quote Originally Posted by ggilbertva View Post
    Your palate will adjust to the alcohol you are picking up which is typically the first thing a new drinker experiences. I drink 100 pf bourbon and don't really notice the alcohol.
    Agreed, when I first started out I used ice but now I even drink the barrel proofers at over 140 proof neat (Stagg anyone?)..... not trying to sound macho or anything but you just kind of learn to bypass the alcohol somehow and I love the intense flavors. Granted I can't gulp down Stagg at the same rate I would a Lot B (nor would I want to) but I don't choke on the proof like I once did.
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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    I moved up from a Baby Saz to Booker's tonight, and the straight face is a little harder to maintain. I've gotten used to the higher proofs (100 and above) so it's not as painful as it used to be.

    Here's a tip; when we eat or drink, our natural tendency is to press the tongue into the roof of the mouth. It helps distribute food and drink to the entire surface of the tongue, making all our tastebuds feel like productive members of society. If you can resist doing this when drinking kick-ass proofs at first you will have an easier time handling them. Soon enough you'll be able to coat your tastebuds in Hell Juice without flinching. Then you can begin working on your next challenge: Eating the Bottle. Your friends will be amazed.

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    I have always consumed the vast majority of my whiskey neat from the very beginning. Only lately have I begun to understand the pleasure to be had in certain whiskey cocktails. I find bourbon + ginger to be a better alternative to neat drinking in social situations, for instance. I enjoy neat drinking more when I'm by myself.

    I want to learn more about whiskey cocktails. I just haven't made the time yet

    Proof-wise, I usually love any whiskey up to 120 proof. I can and have drank the Staggs and barrel proof BTAC's neat, but the flavor gets too concentrated and hot for me. And much less gentle on my head the next morning

    I find that the more you drink straight, the better you get at drinking ultra-high proofs (and the better they start to taste). But if you take occasional breaks from all whiskey drinking like I often do, you will lose that tolerance pretty fast.
    Last edited by Mamba; 05-11-2009 at 00:16.

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    If you want to get some background on whiskey cocktails, a good start would be the videos on the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, and the Sazerac by Robert Hess. I'm a fan of OF's and Mahattans, and I pretty much use his recipes as a starting point (I personalize my Manhattans by adding in a few drops of Fee's Orange Bitters, for example.)

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    Neat is hard to beat, but I sure enjoy a well-made whiskey cocktail, especially a good Manhattan.

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    Quote Originally Posted by Drunkonjack View Post
    I find myself making a bit of a cringe type face when drinking my bourbon/whiskey straight up . But it is less by by time I get through a couple drinks.

    Does it get easier with time as I train myself to drink it straight up ? Or is this just a common thing with all of us ?
    Grow some...no "bitter beer" faces here! Although I do go bourbon on the rocks...something with drinking it a room temperature doesn't sit right.

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    If your face cringes when drinking boubon neat or eating liver 'n onions, then don't do it.
    (btw, my Mom made great liver 'n onions.)

    Drink it the way you enjoy it and over time you will graduate to neat.
    But don't force it.

    Life is to short to force yourself to "acquire a taste".
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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    you'll eventually get to that comfort level where sipping is a beautiful thing. i look at people who mix ice, water, or cola with their bourbon as if they're dumping it down the drain...or lighting money on fire.

    just a jaw-dropper of a moment for me. i realize there is room to move for some bourbons, but if i had guests and they did anything BUT drink some ETL straight i'd kick 'em right in the pants and that'd be their last shot of ETL i share with 'em!

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    Re: Straight face drinking it straight

    I woul'nt sat I am not enjoying the taste.

    It is like sour lemonade it tastes great but the sour makes you pucker.

    Same with the burbon , I like the taste and the effects but makes me make a little face a bit.

    I wonder If I practice with Ever Clear

 

 

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