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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs

    Favorite cocktail whiskeys?

    As much as I love a Glencairn of PVW 15 or Stagg, I've become quite fond of cocktails, too. A Manhattan, Sazerac, Red Hook, or other such drink can be quite a treat, and they aren't too hard to make.

    In general, I tend to prefer "bang-for-the-buck" whiskeys when I mix. While I sometimes venture into premium territory (I even tried a Red Hook with Fall '05 Stagg! ), for everyday use it's better to stick with something that's good and inexpensive.

    My favorites:
    • Rittenhouse BIB rye. This is just an unbeatable value, neat or mixed.
    • Bonded OGD. Great Manhattans!
    • Old Overholt. While it isn't my favorite neat, it does make good cocktails. I tend to use it when I don't want quite as much alcohol (since it's 80 proof).
    • Wild Turkey 101, either bourbon or rye. Always reliable!
    • Sazerac Jr. - great in its namesake cocktail, or anything else I've mixed with it.
    • Old Fitzgerald BIB. Mellower, sweeter, but it packs a wallop.
    • Cluny Scotch. Makes a superb Rob Roy.
    Venturing into the premium world, I'll always mix a couple of Sazerac cocktails on those rare instances when I have a bottle of Saz 18 open. They are out of this world - but a bit expensive and rare to mix often!

    The GTS-based Red Hook was great fun - almost no burn, but even though maraschino and Punt e Mes are rather strongly flavored, it was quite obvious to my palate that the Stagg would not be denied.
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Decatur GA
    I don't know why I'm bothering to post here, your comments about OGD, WT, and OO said all I could.




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