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  1. #1
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    Drinking Orders:

    Okay, you're all been served, start yer sippin'!

    Here's my take - When drinking for pleasure, I always start with my favorite bottle on deck, reasoning that it is my favorite because, not only does it taste great, it makes everything that follows taste better. For instance, after a fruity FR1B, OO tastes like bubble gum.

    However, after a meh pour of Bulleit, my first taste of OGD86 fooled me into thinking it was much more sweet and complex than later tastings proved - so this is not advised when evaluating new bottles.

    Since I'm still working my way through my first round of brands (BT and OWA are next-in-line), I haven't established any firm patterns of drinking order - anyone care to share their favored sequences?

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I drink mostly ryes and like to start with the high-rye mash bill whiskeys first. I find that if I have something like bourbon or a "legal rye" before drinking something like High West, the subtle sweetness gets lost. The first time I tasted HW16 I made this mistake and thought I had thrown my money away (I didn't and subsequent revisits led me to bunker a bunch). I have also been known to throw an Islay in the rotation, as I did last night - the Islays always come last as they can burn out my palate quickly.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    Assuming I put any thought into it (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't) my master order is: Bourbon matured Scotch -> Sherry matured Scotch -> Wheated Bourbon -> Rye Bourbon -> Peated Scotch.

    As my friends and I often joke during longer and more joyous drinking parties. "how can you have any Bourbon if you don't drink all your Scotch?"

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I tend to start at one end of the spectrum and work my way through either rye to wheater or wheater to rye depending on my mood.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    If I'm tasting for tasting's sake, I'll usually go from lower proof to higher proof. Otherwise, I just go by whatever sounds good.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I"ve never really been to picky, I just usually start with the first glass in which the quarter lands.
    "You can't claim to have been drinkin all day if you don't start first thing in the mornin."

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I usually start with something young then work my way up to something older. I will generally stick to the same type of whiskey, like all rye or wheaters or malt whiskey. Example: Heaven Hill White label while cooking. Evan Williams Single Barrel after dinner. Elijah Craig 12 after the kid goes to bed. Or Makers, OWA, Pappy 15. Something like that.
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I start with the lower proof bourbons first then move up in proof then move on to the rye whiskies.
    Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider, is chaos for the fly.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I am pretty much with Josh on this and tend to stay within the same mashbill/style in an evening.I think of you stay within these parameters you won't be disappointed in a night's tasting progression,really keeps things on even ground IMHO.
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    Quote Originally Posted by Meruck View Post
    I"ve never really been to picky, I just usually start with the first glass in which the quarter lands.
    I guess after reconsideration I actually do take by bourbon serious. I haven't created any sort of order or priority other than what strikes me. I typically stare into my cabinet for a few moments and then grab what looks good and typically thats what I am drinking. I may move around but really there is no true plan in it.

    The only thing we used for quarters was WT 101............but that was a long time ago.
    "You can't claim to have been drinkin all day if you don't start first thing in the mornin."

 

 

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