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  1. #1
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    Something Lighter

    While I don’t have a “bourbon bunker” (actually, I have two. They are called “Sam’s” and “Binny’s.”), I usually have a good selection of bourbons on hand. Lately, my stash has been dominated by intense, complex, long-aged, high proof bourbons: Stagg, Pure KY XO, Ezra B. Even Old Forester 100, Old Commonwealth, Corner Creek and Van Winkle Rye – all in the cupboard at the moment – are pretty intense. The other night it was just too much. I wanted something a little lighter, so I turned to my Four Roses and it really hit the spot. I could have gone to the Dickel and probably had the same refreshing interlude, but Four Roses got the job done.

    The point, I guess, is that bourbon offers a range of taste experiences for many different moments and moods. That’s why I don’t like to get too locked in to a couple of favorites and why I chafe when people ask me, as they constantly do, “what’s the best bourbon?”

    As the kids say, “It’s all good.”

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    Re: Something Lighter

    I completely agree. My favorite bourbon is what I want to drink at that moment. I go through phases where one bourbon strikes my fancy and I can't get enough of it. Other times, I can go weeks or months without touching it.

    The bourbon and coke drinkers will never understand this. They only associate bourbon with a heavy dose of sugar for the sole purposes of getting a buzz. But, they tend to be the crowd that asks me what "the best bourbon" is. They usually don't like me to tell them that if they drown it in coke, then it really doesn't matter what bourbon you have. Heck, save your money and buy Aristocrat. But, being an easy to get along kind of guy, I just tell them that Old Forrester is a great bargain and better than Jim white, Jack black, or Makers. And it's the same price or cheaper than those. They seem enlightened by this nugget of bourbononia secrets and they go off happy. Of course, they probably will never buy the OF, but, heck, they feel smarter and I didn't embarrass them.

    But, back to your original topic....I like to have a couple "light" choices in the cabinet. Usually it's one of the Old Fitz varieties or Wathens.

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    Re: What you tell the bourbon and coke drinkers

    You are a good guy, CL.

    Tim

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    Re: Something Lighter

    Bring on the flames! I drink bourbon with coke. I also drink it neat, and with crushed ice (Best after a little melt). When I want to taste a bourbon I drink it neat. When I want to enjoy an evening of drinking I mix or drink on ice. If I were to sit down and drink straight bourbon all night I would fall over in short order. If I could only have one shot of EWSB, EC18YO or other fine bourbon it would be neat, if I have a bottle the first is neat and the next will be on ice or OMG with a dash of cola. I just felt the need to be honest. Hope I do not get kicked of the board.

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    Re: Something Lighter

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    I just felt the need to be honest. Hope I do not get kicked off the board

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    Kicked off the board? No. Kicked in the @ss? Maybe Actually I have no problem with the way a man drinks his bourbon, so long as it's bourbon and not a "fuzzy navel" or some other less manly drink. I will say that for me, cola with bourbon turns me off. I like bourbon, I like coke, but together they taste sour and syrupy. Same with Ginger Ale and Rye. Other rave about it, but it justs tastes off to me.

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    Re: Something Lighter

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    Kicked in the @ss? Maybe

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    I'm a little guy thats why I have that bad azz dog to keep people from kicking my butt. OK so 230lbs is not too little but I still like having the dog in case I need him.

    My guess is I'm not the only one here that likes to mix it up. Tonight I had 1 Woodford neat, 1 KC neat, 2 KC w/cola and 2 KC over crushed ice.

    When I buy my Blanton's I doubt it will ever be in the same room with a can of Coke, the same is true of Stagg if I can find some.

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    Re: Something Lighter

    I drink whisky neat at least 90% of the time. I do like mixed drinks, usually Canadian and ginger ale. I also like Manhattans--the only mixed drink I regularly drink using bourbon.

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    Re: Something Lighter

    I would have to say that i hardly have anything at all with my bourbon... if ever anything it is a bit of crushed ice to cool it off a bit on a particularly hot night... As it melts it changes the flavors of some bourbons (i guess flavors that are obscured by other flavors are no longer hidden, and sometimes they are good flavors, sometimes they are not)...

    One thing that I definitely have to admit is that I tend to drink very slowly... Ask Paradox... I remember times that Mark was on #2 or #3 and I am still finishing #1...

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    Re: Something Lighter

    I had to giggle... </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    a "fuzzy navel" or some other less manly drink

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    well, I'm a girl so, I guess it's ok for me...
    I like an Old Fashioned (gotta muddle the fruit) and, I've been known to mix EW (my everyday pour) with Mountain Dew and several cherries. But my favorite is Bourbon and coffee. At night, when it's late (I chase bandwidth, and load speeds are faster at night), a pot of decent coffee, Bourbon and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
    'Course, I'm a girl, and I can say stuff like that,,,
    Bj

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    Re: Something Lighter

    Kicked off the board - heck no. We'd start with the S drinkers before we'd get to you.

    Seriously, I have no criticism about how a person likes their bourbon or if they like S. My rant was more about pretenders, not about mixing with coke.

    Drink what you like! We don't want everyone drinking the same thing and having the same opinions. Diversity here is great.

 

 

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