After the tour at Buffalo Trace, they bring you into the tasting room & gift shop for a quick taste. First the Rain vodka (ehh), next the BT. Interesting thing is that they kept the BT in the fridge and served it closer to 50 degrees than 70. Now, it was over 90 degrees outside and a cool drink was nice -- but I thought it a strange way to 'show off' their product.
I know from my travels, that folks in Hong Kong and Japan like their SMSW chilled -- and quite a few take their bourbon and SMSW on the rocks -- but I was surprised that a distillery would encourage this. Both tour guides said this is how they drink their whiskey -- even the GTS.
I for one, prefer my bourbon neat -- maybe with a splash of water to wake up the spirit. I prefer it at room temp and find myself warming it up in the winter in my hand. I've never been a rocks kind of guy -- I think it dumbs down the flavors and makes even the most complex whiskey into a generic pour.
What say you all?