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  1. #61
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Neat for tasting notes, but my go to is a single 1" cube slowly melting into a 2 oz pour in a glencairn glass. I usually drink this over 1.5-2 hours so it starts out full strength and is cold the first hour or so, and warm (hand temperature) at the end. I like the range of flavors you get this way.

    I make my ice in a silicon tray and use bottled spring water.

    I do this with scotch too, much to the chagrin of snobby single malters

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    I have said for years that I love bourbon on the rocks or in iced cocktails and highballs. I have always felt that I was going against the grain of the rest of the forum members on this. I enjoy my whiskey neat occasionally, too.

    One of my favorite drinks has always (well, for the past 15 years or so) been a large pour of Wild Turkey Rare Breed in a large glass with a lot of ice.

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    For me its totally dependent on the whiskey. I never add anything to a sub 100 pf. The few times I have it has only dulled the flavor and decreased my enjoyment. North of 100pf. sometimes its nothing, sometimes a tiny bit to see what happens. I am very cautious as I hate it when the character dilutes to the point where the bourbon loses it uniqueness. I finds its a delicate tipping point and I am still developing the feel for how much to add without doing damage. Ice on the other hand has never been my thing, the cool temp also dulls what I enjoy so I stay at room temp regardless of outside temps. I also let very cold beer warm up a bit for the same reason, so much more flavor when its not ice cold, as they say different strokes...

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Everyone has a different take on this. For my palate, I think the Beam lower rye bourbons (white label, black label, KC, Booker's, and my house favorite Kirkland's) stand up to ice really well and maintain a great body and taste even after high dilution. Most other brands, especially the heaven hill bourbons, do not fare nearly as well for me.

    I know most around here seem to prefer their bourbons neat, but consider this.....I watched a History Channel Modern Marvel's spotlight on whiskey, and Elmer T. Lee did a small interview saying he always preferred his bourbon with "a little ice and a little water", also saying he preferred to drink bourbon at around 60 proof. Food for thought.

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Quote Originally Posted by boneuphtoner View Post
    Everyone has a different take on this...I know most around here seem to prefer their bourbons neat, but consider this.....I watched a History Channel Modern Marvel's spotlight on whiskey, and Elmer T. Lee did a small interview saying he always preferred his bourbon with "a little ice and a little water", also saying he preferred to drink bourbon at around 60 proof. Food for thought.
    Excellent point. See this thread from a ways back...

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...=people+common
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Mr. Elmer has commented he mixed his whiisky with Sprite but has no problem with how the rest of us enjoy his Bourbon.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  7. #67
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    As a general rule I drink my high end bourbons neat, and the middle of the road ones on the rocks. After dinner whiskey is invariably neat.

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    During the summer when it's hot the humidity is 200% I'm going ot have ice in everything, but I do like to finish it before the ice melts completely.

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Excellent point. See this thread from a ways back...

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...=people+common
    Thanks much Joe! I missed that thread, but very interesting indeed!

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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    I like ice in my bourbon. Not always, but often, usually even. It rarely hurts my enjoyment or dilutes any flavors I'm looking for. I don't make a habit of letting my bourbon sit around that long.

    Also I like the sounds it makes.

 

 

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