Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 35

Thread: Neat Sippers

  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,087

    Neat Sippers

    I suppose all bourbon and rye should sip neat well, but it doesn't.

    Some needs cocktail treatment; some is okay on the rocks; some needs blending.

    Of the bourbons tried in recent months, I find the following particularly good for neat sipping:

    - current KC

    - Bulleit

    - Old Forester 100 proof

    - Old Weller 107 proof (formerly called Antique).

    Which bourbon/straight rye do you like particularly for neat sampling?

    Gary

  2. #2
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    Posts
    1,178

    Re: Neat Sippers

    Among recent bottles,
    Weller 107 and Larue
    Rittenhouse BIB
    Any Sazerac rye
    ETL
    Eagle Rare, whether it's 10/90, 10/101, or 17/90
    Stagg
    VSOF

    Of course, the BTAC Barrel Proof Trio requires slow sips...
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  3. #3
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Casper, Wyoming
    Posts
    174

    Re: Neat Sippers

    i like higher proof expresions, like OGD 100, booker's, stagg and weller 107. i pretty much drink all my whiskey straight, but i'll have the occasional manhatten when i'm out. usually with knob creek because everyone has it. but knob is also good straight or on the rocks
    "Always carry a large flagon of whisky in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."
    W.C. Fields (1880-1946)

  4. #4

    Re: Neat Sippers

    I sip everything neat at least once or twice, Gary, to gauge it, but I'll also mix almost everything (I don't mix Pappy 20 or 23 -- though I DID Gillmanize small portions of the first two Pappy 23 issues a couple of times to good effect). In a case or two, ones I sip most often neat are because they don't mix well, I find.
    All that said, among those most exclusively enjoyed straight from the bottle, are:
    • Elmer T. Lee
    • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
    • Four Roses Single Barrel
    Tim

  5. #5
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    LA
    Posts
    111

    Re: Neat Sippers

    The ones I enjoy neat / never mix are:

    VWFRR
    WTRB
    Bookers
    ER 101
    OGD 114

    The ones I may drink neat and may mix:

    MM
    WT 80
    OF86

    The one I've not enjoyed neat (three tries ) and always mix:

    Fighting Cock
    Murf

    "...A good bowl of Wheaties with bourbon can't be beat." Dizzy Dean, The Gashouse Gang, 1934.

  6. #6
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    West of the Rockies
    Posts
    2,579

    Re: Neat Sippers

    EVERYTHING

    ... Ok I'll say a little more than that, when don't I? Yeah I know I am typically long winded.

    I don't like many drinks mixed and find very few that make the spirit, especially when talking about bourbon or rye, taste better. Given I have never had a manhattan nor an old fashioned or any other mixed drink with bourbon or rye. I think bourbon and coke is terrible, both the bourbon and the coke taste better alone IMHO, captain morgan is another story however. If I crave a mixed drink it is usually a margarita.

    I will on occasion, especially to high proof pours, add a little water.
    C

    "everybody defamates from miles away
    but face to face
    they haven't got a thing to say"

  7. #7
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Oct 1999
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    867

    Re: Neat Sippers

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    I
    Some needs cocktail treatment; some is okay on the rocks; some needs blending.
    Gary
    Not meaning to disjoint your interesting thread, Gary. I would be much more interested, though, in which bourbons people cannot stand neat.

    I drink ´em all neat without problems but then again, I took to whiskey immediately at a relatively young age so maybe I am not representative.

    I should also add, perhaps, that I´ve never had the pleasure (?) of trying stuff like Ten High or Colonel Lee.
    Delighted to see you if you can find me!

  8. #8
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Fulton, Missouri
    Posts
    144

    Re: Neat Sippers

    The higher proofs I usually drink with an ice cube and ponder the cube at the bottom of the glass until it melts. My favorite drinking neat is Sazarac Jr.

    bj

  9. #9
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Posts
    479

    Re: Neat Sippers

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    All that said, among those most exclusively enjoyed straight from the bottle, are...
    I'm ashamed to admit that I occasionally do this too, but most of the time I use a glass.

    Jeff
    "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943

  10. #10
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Posts
    479

    Re: Neat Sippers

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    I have never had a manhattan nor an old fashioned or any other mixed drink with bourbon or rye.
    Christian, you really owe it to yourself to try a manhattan. It is really an exquisite drink.

    I don't care for most cocktails, preferring bourbon and rye straight (actually often with water or sometimes ice), but a well made manhattan is a big exception.

    A while back I posted that I had made the best manhattan I could remember having. It may well have been that the planets were in an auspicious alighment, but maybe not. It was about one part Old Forester 100, one part Wild Turkey rye, one part Boissiere sweet vermouth, a couple-three dashes of Angostura bitters, well shaken (you need to dilute as well as chill when you're using 100/101 proof whiskey), and served up with a cherry in a well chilled crystal cocktail glass.

    Hope you'll try one and report back.

    Jeff
    "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Neat
    By TimmyBoston in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-31-2006, 16:05
  2. Neat - It has happened
    By mythrenegade in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 05-29-2006, 09:36
  3. No More "Mr. Neat Guy"
    By bluesbassdad in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-29-2003, 16:24
  4. Neat vs. On-the-Rocks
    By bluesbassdad in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 10-20-2002, 18:27
  5. neat vs. cut vs. ??
    By eyancey in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-13-2002, 14:24

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top