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  1. #71
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Almost always neat at room temp. Occasionally a friend will give me something on ice. It's usually OK but I always feel like i'm missing some flavors, particularly as the ice melts and waters the drink down. Because of that it feels like I'm drinking for the effect, not the flavors. I'm not suggesting that people who mostly drink on ice are only drinking only for effect, it's just a personal perception that I have that detracts from the experience for me.

  2. #72
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    You may have hit the nail on the head for me. Lately I've been doing most of my drinking for effect. Lots of ice but not a lot of melt.

  3. #73
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    99.9% neat, sometime when its scorching hot i may have a cheaper pour over ice, but generally i find the lowering of the temp too far heavily detracts from my enjoyment, and some whiskey just taste bad with ice - as if it becomes sour.
    But yeh perception is a funny thing, i dont bother talking to non whiskey drinkers about my habits, the ignorant comments i get because enjoy a pour of straight 100proof liqour in the same way my friends enjoy the equal amount of alcohol in mixed drinks, beer or wine gets old pretty quick.
    OK I must be an alcoholic after 4 drinks, go ahead and drink your 6 cans of simple carbohydrates, preservatives and ethanol in good health then.

  4. #74
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Yes, that's true, a man can have many loves.
    I typically start my bourbon out neat in a Glencairn, then add just a drop of water to compare how it opens up, and then go to a rocks glass (no ice in the Glencairns). For those who fear that ice waters down your drink, try putting the glass itself or the bourbon in the freezer. A frozen glass will form just enough condensate to contribute a small, non-diluting amount of water and cools the drink only moderately. OGD straight from the freezer makes a great warm weather equivalent of a bourbon slushy.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

  5. #75
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Yes, Old Grand Dad is remarkably versatile.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  6. #76

    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    I like to stir a little ice into the bourbon to cool it down, and then *remove* the ice to prevent further dilution. I think this gives the best of both approaches. And I'll start with a chilled glass to improve the result.

  7. #77

    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyLikesRye View Post
    I like to stir a little ice into the bourbon to cool it down, and then *remove* the ice to prevent further dilution. I think this gives the best of both approaches. And I'll start with a chilled glass to improve the result.
    I like the way you think, JimmyLikesRye.

  8. #78
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    I seem to prefer my bourbon diluted to about 33-36% ABV and use ice to dilute. I use a dilution calculator and Ice cubes with known volumes to get into that range.

    For example ECBP @67% makes my pour 1oz with a 1 oz cube (34% ABV)
    WTRB @54% makes my pour 2 oz with a 1 oz cube (36% ABV)
    EWSB @43% makes my pour 2 oz with a 0.5 oz cube (34% ABV)

    Granted I am drinking it while the ice melts, so I start out near full proof and end up more watered than ~35% but its what I like

  9. #79
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    Re: Ice . . . is nice

    A couple of nights ago, we were having dinner at a restaurant. I ordered a KC neat. When the drink came, it was on ice and not wanting to be snobbish, I told the waitress it was okay. The first couple of swallows, the Knob was very tasty and I was enjoying it. As the ice melted, it began to loose its flavors and I felt like I was just drinking watered down alcohol.

    The waitress came back with a very generous pour on the house, neat this time. She said she had ordered the KC the first time just as I had said it, 'neat'. When she quizzed the bartender, she told the waitress she thought neat meant without fruit! I guess being relatively new to bourbon, I just didn't realize Knob Creek is normally served with oranges and lemons. She was just actually filling in because of an illness of the regular bartender.

    Anyway, back on thread, I ended up adding just a bit of water to the neat Knob to match the beginning of the rocks drink and totally enjoyed it.

    I think I need to try one of those big ice cubes I read about on this forum all the time. I assume it chills it without melting fast.

 

 

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