A great bourbon can be ruined by a bad serving method. I had a beautiful single malt once (glenfarclas 25) that my friend poured into a wax paper cup because it was the only thing we had at the time. It smelled and tasted terrible, with the alcohol dissolving a bit of the wax on the inside of the cup. Alot of people talk about bourbons but not there isn't alot of discussion on how you drink your bourbon. So how does everyone drink their bourbon?
I will get it started. With "normal" proof bourbons (40-45), I will just pour it into a Glencairn and drink it straight. I will experiment with a couple of drops of water to see if how it changes the bourbon. The real fun starts with the high proof to barrel proof stuff (45-65). I will start with no water, add drops of water in increasing amounts and note the changes. A really fun thing I do with barrel proof bourbons recently is that I will, insteading of adding water, pour the bourbon over a big ice ball (2.5 inch diameter tivoli) and let it melt a little. Then I pour it into a glencairn. I love the slight chill it gives to the bourbon, which makes it less stinging on the nose, allowing for deeper sniffs of it. Also, if you have some unfiltered stuff, the chill and water will separate some of the oils and give a nice haziness to the bourbon. It also gives a nice oily thickness to the liquid and I love to just watch it roll in the glass.