I am at the point where published, or otherwise accepted, cocktail recipes are just a starting point.
Probably I end up with something that actually has a name, or did in some 1800's manual, but it doesn't matter. I have the confidence now that if I like it, I drink it.
Tonight I started with a blend of Canadian whiskies: I used old school whiskies only: three or four CRs; some Wiser's Special Reserve; some CC sherry cask. There is a dash in there too of ORVW 13 year old rye, it was in that Wiser's I added.
Then: about 1 part (to about two of whisky) of an orange liqueur. I used a white (non-cognac-based) liqueur that is new in our market, from Israel.
Then Peycheaud's bitters: two good dashes.
The result was nice but little lacking: I added a dash of Knob Creek.
Now we're rocking, it is a very nice whiskey cocktail, milder than I am used to but with depth.
Ice is otiose.
Johnny Winter (or Colin James): optional.