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  1. #11
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    Quote Originally Posted by p_elliott View Post
    I start with the lower proof bourbons first then move up in proof then move on to the rye whiskies.
    I second Paul's approach - I work up in proof and spiciness if I'm doing a studied tasting. If I'm just relaxing at home - I tend not to vary much in a sitting and don't think too much about the order.
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  2. #12
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    Quote Originally Posted by WAINWRIGHT View Post
    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.
    Very similar to you guys, if it's a bourbon night, rye night or scotch night....at time where i've mixed styles in the same evening, seem to lose the small differences and appreciate it less.

  3. #13
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    I tend to like family themes: Different vintages of EWSB; Beam family or Sazerac family; a flight of ryes. Looking for family resemblances and differences between iterations. More often though, I find the ideal follow up to AAA is more AAA. Ditto VOB and OWA.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    The best way to savor Old Grand Dad on the rocks is with another just like it.

  5. #15
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    The best way to savor Old Grand Dad on the rocks is with another just like it.
    Or close enough to be just a little different. A family progression might be Basil Hayden to OGD BIB to OGD 114. I think I would enjoy the BH more at a higher proof. But, wait, that's what the OGD is for. And at lower prices.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    My process is quite simple: I generally start with bourbon, then drink more bourbon, and end with........ bourbon! Sometimes I have rye or corn whiskey, but the vast majority of the time it's bourbon.
    Pete

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    The only rules I follow regularly are lower to higher proof and leave the ryes for last. Otherwise, it's whatever fits my mood. If I have a free evening I might have some fun comparing bottles from one distillery or with similar mash bills, different years, etc. I think the only universal rule is to have fun with it, whatever you're doing.
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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    No set order - it all depends on my mood. Some nights I'm in the mood for a sherried single malt like the Aberlour A'bunadh, other nights I feel spicy so I reach for a rye - like a baby Saz or a Willet 4-yr. My only "rules" are to gauge my palate before I have another to see if I'll appreciate something and if it's worth pouring or if it will be wasted. For example after a heavily peated whisky - I'll generally stay in the same ball park or stop for the night. If I've had a barrel proof bourbon I might follow it up with another high proof bourbon - although I always add a bit of water when the ABV gets up there. Last night felt like a OFBiB night (big spender I know), then I had a small dram of Baby Saz and finished up with an even smaller dram of Smokehead. Tonight after working in the yard with the warm weather will probably be a gin I just got - Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Barrel-Aged Gin - amazing stuff. I have it on the rocks with a splash of soda. Tons of peppery goodness.

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    Re: Drinking Orders:

    On the nights I feel spicy I don't reach for a bottle.

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    Don't change it up much each night as if it looks good for the first pour it certainly looks better on the second pour.

 

 

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