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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

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    If I had a wider selection here in NC, I might make it Old Fitz or Old Weller 12 yo, etc

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    All are great bourbons and won't break the bank! Did you pick up a bottle of OW 12yo while in Louisville? My everyday pour, and it makes a great bourbon sour for Leslie.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    Most of my "mixing" friends, if you can really call them "friends" don't care enough to even notice a different bottle. If you are that concerned about appearances, just put the mixed drinks in the kitchen or someplace where no one is likely to be watching. I like Chuck's idea of only leaving the "mixer" bourbon out and inviting connoiseurs to sample from the bunker. You will likely know who these people are anyway. And when you take them aside to sample the good stuff, you can get a good laugh by making fun of your less-than-perfect mixing friends.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

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    And when you take them aside to sample the good stuff, you can get a good laugh by making fun of your less-than-perfect mixing friends.

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    Shoot, the joke may be on us. All the mixing friends will laugh among themselves and joke about how much money we "waste" on "whiskey".

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    Absolutely. I really like the Old Weller 12 yo. I haven't fully examined it, but it could become a must have when I visit KY.

    While in Ky, I also picked another bottle of the Centennial. The Chicago bottle was going quickly. So, I bought another at Liquor Barn this past weekend. Plus, the price was much lower. If my memory is correct, it was $32 at Binney's and $22 or $23 at Liquor Barn.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

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    Shoot, the joke may be on us. All the mixing friends will laugh among themselves and joke about how much money we "waste" on "whiskey".

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    I believe I have been the butt of that joke a time or 2.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    OK. I've been doing a bit more thinking on this. As far as my tastes are concerned, I'll stand pat on price. Once you start pouring Coke, Ginger Ale, Sour Mixes, etc. with your liquor, you're not in it for the qualities of a fine Bourbon anymore. The characteristics that separate Rare Breed from WT 80 proof are obscured. You either want to get buzzed, and/or you like the taste of the overall drink, which is fine. But why waste the money on high end stuff?

    Now for company. I said I'd let a guest finish my Knob Creek whilst mixing is goodness into oblivion. I guess I should define company. I'd place not insulting a first time guest in my home over some booze any day. But I'm sipping the last little bit of my Kentucky Spirit as I write this, and have to admit that watching the stupidity of someone mixing this nectar with a Coke would irritate me to no end. Forget what I paid. The next time this sorry chap dropped by, I'd be "all out". If it were a party, there would be no ethics issue since the good stuff would never see the light of day. If it were my buddies, I'd tell them in no uncertain terms that they're not going to be mixing my Kentucky Spirit with anything but their brain cells and a little splash of water or ice cube. They'd understand 'cause they are my buddies.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

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    If it were my buddies, I'd tell them in no uncertain terms that they're not going to be mixing my Kentucky Spirit with anything but their brain cells and a little splash of water or ice cube. They'd understand 'cause they are my buddies.

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    Wonderfully put! I especially liked the part about mixing the KS with their brain cells.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    But aren't there times when it's NOT a price issue? Leaving the diplomacy issues of company out of the equation for a minute--if I decide (for whatever reason) that I'm making a mixed drink, I don't necessarily reach for the CHEAPEST bourbon in the cabinet, I reach for one that I find the least drinkable straight. Again, I'll cite my former example of Buffalo Trace--it's about 2/3rds the price of Maker's Mark, but I find it an infinitely better bourbon. I'd rather mix the MM and save the BT for double-duty.

    Also, I've had more expensive bottles that I didn't find particularly to my liking. They're fair-game for the ginger ale as far as I'm concerned.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    I've never been much of a mixer, at least as far as bourbon is concerned. I put down my shot glass a couple of years ago--started actually savoring bourbon--and I haven't looked back since. Of course, I like ice and water with my bourbon occasionally. My beer-swilling friends won't touch "brown liquor," no matter how hard I try to convert them. There's no accounting for taste.

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    Re: Straight up vs. Mixing

    Most people who mix probably expect and prefer one of the moderate-priced name brands. The typical one among people I know would be Jack and Coke. If someone wants a Manhattan and is open to trying something new, I probably would suggest a better quality whiskey. When I entertain this usually isn't a problem, because few of my local friends share my enthusiasim for better bourbons. I'll typically put out something like Maker's Mark or Wild Turkey and that's what every bourbon drinker gets, whether they take it mixed or straight. If I have a friend who appreciates the better stuff, I'll make a special trip to the stash just for them. That's how I deal with it.

 

 

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