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  1. #31
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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    I may just have a burnt out palate, but I find the flavor of a quality rye stands out in a cocktail much more than a quality bourbon. I find the basic character of a bourbon shows up in a cocktail, but a lot of the more specific flavors don't really make it through. Whenever I find a bourbon that has some flavors that I really enjoy, but just isn't fully developed or well balanced, I set that aside for mixing. You get the base flavors, but your mixers take care of balancing the drink out.

    I will use THH for a Old Fashioned or Sazerac, but I rarely feel a need to use a bourbon nicer than EWSB or OWA.

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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    I compromise somewhat by using a high rye Bourbon but of course it's all good.

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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    I rarely drink cocktails but, when I do, I drink Manhattans. Woodford or Buffalo Trace 3:1 or 4:1 with Vermouth, a few dashes of bitters and a small splash of maraschino cherry juice (and a few cherries) makes a nice drink. The key is heavy on the bourbon and light on everything else. Signed, the World's Least Interesting Man.

    A Dublin (irish Whiskey Manhattan) can be quite tasty as well.

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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    I find it really depends. Top quality ingredients with top shelf bourbon is a must (or for any cocktail ingredient, dont mix quality with swill ie. Top shelf tequila with fake sour mix in a margarita), however I did try a few cocktails with some premiums and all the huances were either lost, orthe drink was fsr to strong and or unbalanced.

    Honestly it is fun to play around, but unless the cocktail is really simple (2-3 ingredients) , I dont do it.
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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    A manhattan made with Bookers is very good. A manhattan made with VWFR rye is better.

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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    Blanton's in a Manhattan is pretty great. Is Blanton's considered "premium"? A high-quality sweet vermouth is essential (Cocchi Vermouth di Torini is my fave) to pair with high-quality bourbon.

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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    I like a stellar Noah's Mill Old Fashioned with a dash of orange bitters and a dash of chocolate bitters. Simply outstanding.

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    Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    Big fan of larceny whiskey sours. Working on one now
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    Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    A manhattan made with Bookers is very good. A manhattan made with VWFR rye is better.
    You're killing me with this! VWFRR can only be consumed one way, str8 from the bottle
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    Re: Favorite Cocktail w/ Premium Bourbon

    Well that sure is one way.

 

 

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