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  1. #21
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockefeller View Post
    How I "trained" to drink whiskey neat years and years ago:

    Bought a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black
    1st night: 2oz + 4oz water
    2nd night: 2oz + 3oz water
    3rd night: 2oz + 2oz water
    4th night: 2oz + 1oz water
    5th night: 2oz + 0.5oz water
    6th night: 2oz + splash of water
    7th night: 2oz neat

    You now have a gradually conditioned brain/mouth that no longer overreacts to high proof liquor.
    I never "trained" myself to drink whiskey neat. I started drinking whiskey mixed with soft drinks. After a few years I moved to drinking whiskey on the rocks. One day I bought an ultra-aged bourbon, and it fell apart with ice. I sipped it neat, and was turned onto a whole different realm of flavors. Today I drink most of my bourbon neat, and now my new journey is exploring barrel proof expression that are non-chill filtered. Whiskey is great... Take your time and enjoy it. Explore it.

  2. #22
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halifax View Post
    I never "trained" myself to drink whiskey neat. I started drinking whiskey mixed with soft drinks. After a few years I moved to drinking whiskey on the rocks. One day I bought an ultra-aged bourbon, and it fell apart with ice. I sipped it neat, and was turned onto a whole different realm of flavors. Today I drink most of my bourbon neat, and now my new journey is exploring barrel proof expression that are non-chill filtered. Whiskey is great... Take your time and enjoy it. Explore it.
    Funny how the brain works and you adapt to stuff. There was a time when even Maker's Mark was firewater to me. Now I can drink high octane barrel strength whiskey with a straw like it's a bottle of Yoo-hoo!
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

  3. #23
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Thanks for all the recommendations guys! Im going to pick something up tonight. Ill reply back and let ya'll know how it turns out!

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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    What did you end up buying?
    Jim

  5. #25
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    we're waiting to hear
    "A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it."
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Someone mentioned maker's 46. I think if you're going to go Maker's step up a half notch and get Maker's 46. It has a bit more flavor than the standard and it shouldn't be too high a proof for a beginner.

  7. #27
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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    I may be in the minority here but for a beginner I'd also recommend Bulleit Bourbon. Very reasonably priced. It does have a higher rye content than the typical bourbon so has a good bit of spice to it but at 90 proof not too hot. BUT it also has a nice honey and caramel taste on the palate, if you are looking for something with sweet notes to it. definitely a good bargin, I think.

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    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    The OP doesn't mention if he will be mixing his drinks, if so Jack or Jim would do.

 

 

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