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    Experimenting with Wellers

    A day of firsts:

    1st bourbon and ginger ale combo. Used 1:2 OWA to ginger ale and added splash of Angostura bitters. Tasty. Definitely better than Manhattan I made last week (blech!), but not as good as my Old Fashioneds. I've been drinking lots of bourbon neat lately and wanted give my taste buds a break.


    Also mixed first bottle of OWA and Weller 12 (50/50 ratio). Giving it a week before comparing it against the source bourbons. Hoping it will decrease the wood notes in the W12 (one of my favorite everyday pours) just a hair.

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    Experimenting with Wellers

    Try a rye recipe bourbon or even a rye with your ginger ale. The rye/ginger interplay is the best part of that drink. WT101 or Rittenhouse BIB maybe?

    Also: same with Manhattans. Use a rye, or if it's a bourbon, definitely not a wheater.
    Jim

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    Weller whiskey sours for me. No mixes though. Gotta get the right blend of lemon lime and simple syrup. The Worst I've ever had was delightful
    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
    T. Durden

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    Thanks for the suggestions. I definitely will reach for my mixing standby Old Grand-Dad 114 next time with the ginger ale. The OWA was used because it was handy after the vatting experiment.

    I have found that the rye-heavy/heavier OGD 114 makes an excellent Old Fashioned. My attempt was a Manhattan was with OGD, too. So I'm figuring I just don't like vermouth.

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    I really like LDI ryes mixed with my ginger, and I prefer a ginger brew to a ginger ale, more bite and less sweetness. As far as the Weller, try a Presbyterian: 2 oz Weller, in a high ball filled with ice. Add juice of a 1/2 lemon, soda water to top, stir lightly and enjoy. If you want it sweeter you can add some simple syrup, but the bourbon has plenty of sweetness for this cocktail IMO. If you like your Angostura, you can add two dashes at the end to your Presbyterian and turn it into a Wooden Leg. Hope those are helpful and tasty!

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    Last night I made a Winchester Julep, which was mint, 1 part OWA, 2 parts Ale-8 (a soft drink made in Winchester, KY that is similar to ginger ale, but fruitier). I liked it a lot, the higher proof and mint helped to cut some of the sweetness of the Ale-8. A couple cubes of ice helped, too. Definitely a back porch sipping kind of drink.

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    I thin out my W12 with Old Fitz BIB
    Bourbon only requires a glass.

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    Quote Originally Posted by brettckeen View Post
    I thin out my W12 with Old Fitz BIB
    Hrmm.... that doesn't sound like a bad idea.

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    I have always felt that Bourbon and ginger ale have a natural affinity.

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    Re: Experimenting with Wellers

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I have always felt that Bourbon and ginger ale have a natural affinity.
    As do you, Squire. As do you.
    Jon

 

 

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