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  1. #1
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    How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    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.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    Neat up to 120proof, beyond that I will consider adding a little water depending on the whiskey, unfortunately over here there arent too many bourbon options this strong.
    Sometimes ice, but usually only in the cheap stuff, the chill doesnt do it for me.
    Small stemless wine glasses, very simmilar to the reidel whisky glasses, but from ikea and only $3, appear to be hand blown.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    everybody has their own way, some drink it straight from the bottle, after throwing cap out of the window

    unless it's really nasty, I do neat from cordials glass shaped like mini-glencairne. Prefer no air-time and no ice. Usually prefer sipping outdoors rather than inside when serious tasting.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    I drink it any way I please at the moment. Oh I have a few guidelines, rye recipe Bourbons go well with ginger ale, wheat recipes with citrus fruits such as orange or lemon, Rye whisky goes with darn near anything and vodka is good for mosquito bites.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    Recently, by the gallon.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    I try to limit myself to neat, on the rocks, with water, with water on the rocks, in a highball, or in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    Straight, out of the bottle.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    The glorious thing about Bourbon is it's versatility, you can even put it on ice cream.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    Straight, out of the bottle.
    I'm waiting for the handles to come out with two handles.
    Last edited by squire; 01-25-2014 at 05:05.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: How do you like to drink your bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I'm waiting for the handles to come out with two handles.
    And a rubber nipple.
    Peggy: Look Al, the rubes think I'm sexy!
    Al: So would I if I had whiskey for breakfast.

 

 

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