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  1. #11
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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    I use Bulleit or George Dickel rye and Old Grand Dad 86 or Wild Turkey 101 bourbon for most of my whiskey cocktails.

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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    I prefer rye accented Bourbon as well for cocktails. Grand Dad usually because I have it on hand but have used Bulliet in the past.
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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Good topic! It depends on the cocktail. I prefer middle or lower shelfers for cocktails, and I prefer higher proof in richer flavored ones and lower proof in more delicate ones. This is how I usually roll:

    Juleps: Buffalo Trace, Four Roses
    Manhattans: Very Old Barton, Wild Turkey 101, Old Grand Dad BiB, Bulleit (bourbon and/or rye), Rittenhouse. I often use a mix of bourbon and rye.
    Sazerac: Baby Saz, Russell's Reserve
    Old Fashioned: Four Roses, Evan Williams, Beam Black or a Canadian Whisky
    Bourbon & Benedictine (4:1): Wild Turkey, Old Weller Antique
    With Coke (+cherry bitters): Wild Turkey, Charter 101, Old Ezra 101, Fighting Cock, HH or EW White Label BiB etc.
    With Ginger Ale (+orange bitters): Rittenhouse, Bulleit Rye.

    I feel the same way about Wild Turkey 101 as Tom feels about Knob Creek.
    Last edited by Josh; 12-03-2013 at 07:02.
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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Dude! Thank You Josh! Just tried EW BIB and it is amazing. Beats the heck out of Jack and Coke, and it's about $5 cheaper by the fifth. Gonna have to track down some cherry bitters though. Any suggestions for giod cherry bitters and their orange cousins?

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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    For orange I go with Fee Bros.
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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Thanks for the tip Squire. I'll try to locate some.

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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyd View Post
    Dude! Thank You Josh! Just tried EW BIB and it is amazing. Beats the heck out of Jack and Coke, and it's about $5 cheaper by the fifth. Gonna have to track down some cherry bitters though. Any suggestions for giod cherry bitters and their orange cousins?
    Glad I could be of help! Fees is always good. I am currently using The Bitter Truth orange bitters and they are very tasty too.

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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Glad I could be of help! Fees is always good. I am currently using The Bitter Truth orange bitters and they are very tasty too.

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    Fees is OK and personally I think having a variety of orange bitters to play with is useful as they all bring something to the glass. I like Regan's for my every day orange bitters (it is a bit spicier than Fees to me) but they only make orange and not cherry. It is also an alcohol based bitters whereas Fees is typically a glycerin based bitters. Angostura also makes a very orange forward bitters but is a bit tougher to find.

    Somehow a touch more alcohol in my drink (even if it is grain neutral spirits or basically vodka!) seems more appealing than adding glycerin. But I use Fees a lot as well. For cherry bitters Fees is probably the most readily available unless you make your own. Supposedly Woodford has a barrel aged cherry bitters but I have never tried it and don't know anything about it.
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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Angostura Original and Orange are both available at Wal-Mart where I live. Don't know how the price there compares, but if it is like most everything else there it will be cheaper than the competition.

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    Re: GOOD whiskey for cocktails?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyd View Post
    Angostura Original and Orange are both available at Wal-Mart where I live. Don't know how the price there compares, but if it is like most everything else there it will be cheaper than the competition.
    Interesting. It seems here places that aren't liquor stores can't sell the alcohol based bitters but can sell Fees since it has no alcohol. Then again you can have liquor stores attached to grocery stores in Kentucky. Won't find that here in Atlanta and probably won't anytime soon thanks to our still largely antiquated liquor laws.
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