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    Bourbon for mixing

    I like bourbon, but I am a really a whiskey fan in general. Although I will typically mix a drink in the evening, whiskey is the only thing I will sip straight. So, I always pick suitable whiskeys and, of course, suitable bourbons for sipping. Currently, I have a bottle of Ridgemont Reserve 1792 as my bourbon for sipping. I don't like mixing something of this quality in a mixed drink that would typically call for a bourbon. I feel that the subtleties are wasted once all of the other stuff gets mixed together in there. Heck, I even enjoy vodka if I mix it with some other stuff.

    I want a cheap bourbon to mix with. What can you guys recommend? I was thinking Evan Williams Black - $10.50 here in PA. Decent choice, or am I making a mistake?

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    That or Rittenhouse BIB. JW Dant BIB is also a good mixer. Both are inexpensive.

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    Old Crow if you are mixing with Coca Cola might save you some money over Beam and Coke.....

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    Oh, I forgot about Ten High. that might also work for you....

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    A lot of liquor stores have their own brand of bourbon. You might check that. It is probably a Heaven Hill product and will work just fine.

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    but as I am now thinking, probably Evan Williams Black or Very Old Bartons.... I think the Evan Williams has more bourbony taste.... and if you aren't mixing, you can still drink either one straight. Some of the other cheap whiskeys are only for mixing... but these two definitely do double duty

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    Double duty sounds good. I would prefer it that way. I am not looking for the cheapest hooch known to man.

    I have never tried Even Williams but I have heard that it competes with and is actually better than Jack Daniels. JD is a little over $20 here in PA.....not going to happen. If I could get some bourbon whiskey that was a liitle better than JD for $10.50, I would buy it.

    Right now I have Rittenhouse Rye that I don't mind mixing, because I paid $14 for it. My 1792 and Johnny Walker Black I would like to reserve strictly for sipping.
    Last edited by mixologist; 03-07-2008 at 20:05.

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    Old Charter 8 is a pretty good one too.

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    Quote Originally Posted by wku88 View Post
    Old Charter 8 is a pretty good one too.
    OC8 finally took a price hike comparable to that of the 10yo when my store recently purchased a resupply. It had been the bargain of the brand for a few months. No longer, alas. It still compares favorably, however, to many lesser-aged bottlings.
    Tim

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    Re: Bourbon for mixing

    There is really no room in my bunker for a bourbon that isn't worth sipping. I will buy a cheapo just to try it, but won't replace it unless I can enjoy it straight. That Old Crow took a long time to get down.

    As for mixing, I am comfortable using anything I have if I think it is the best bourbon for the drink I am hankering for. That said, most older bourbons don't mix well. It isn't that the subtle flavors are drowned out, it is that they simply don't taste good in a mixed drink.

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