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    Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    After a long wait, it appears that I am going to get my bottle of Blanton's this weekend, and a bottle of Rock Hill Farms will be delivered to my state liquor store next Thursday.

    Hooray!

    Sorry, but I need to share my excitement with someone, and very few of my friends drink bourbon. Even fewer know what Blanton's or RHF are. Since I have never tried either one of these, I'm extremely excited!

    Does anyone have any hints on the best way to drink these two bottlings? I typically drink my whiskey neat, but I've had folks tell me that some bourbons actually have more flavor on-the-rocks.

    Thanks,
    Will

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    I find it hard to go wrong with either of these. I prefer them neat, but sometimes on the rocks works just fine.

    There are a few favorites though, that I prefer on the rocks, EC 12 year being a good example.
    Craig

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    Neat.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    Neat.
    Absolutely.

    And such bourbons deserve the right glassware -- whisk(e)y glasses or brandy snifter. It really does make a difference.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    Both Blanton's and RHF are fine neat. I'm also a big believer in dilution with a little room temperature water. On the rocks, while enjoyable and refreshing, is not really that good for tasting.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    I'll put ice in a highball, but I don't do whiskey on the rocks. I've tried it on several occasions, and I find that the perfect balance of whiskey and water is maintained for about 15 seconds, after which it becomes too diluted. I will sometimes cut with tap water, however. I think it's a good idea especially when tasting a new whiskey, because it will open up the flavor more readily for inspection. I read somewhere that Sc*tch connoisseurs do this, so I adopted the practice, and found it helpful. I've found that whiskey rarely suffers from a splash of water, but often benefits. I also use a small snifter that I bought for $1.79 at Fred Meyer, and I find that it contributes significantly to the overall bourbon experience. Even mediocre whiskey is better in a snifter. And besides that, I like having a legitimate excuse to carry such a cool thing around.


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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    I like neat under 100 or so proof, with some 'branch' (or the closest you can come) whenever proof is higher. Sometimes just a few drops will do.
    As noted above, steer clear of ice -- the constant melting ice changes the dilution (and, of course, the flavor) too much over the course of sipping.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    I've found Blantons Original is great neat, but must confess, have not tried it cut with a little water.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    Cam, is that going by the little miniatures you brought back from O/S, or have you ordered one from Nicks?

    Did they have the Blanton's Original 94proof for sale after all or just the special reserve?

    I'd be terrified to open it if/when I buy it.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms & Blanton\'s

    What's the difference between RHF and Blanton's? Are they the same formula/mashbill? Is there any specific age for either?

    What is everyone's preference. The Blanton's seems universally loved. And there's a lot of respect for RHF, apart from an earlier post by Marvin.

 

 

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