What are you drinking right now? - Page 822
I've never been much of a whiskey guy and admittedly have not ventured too often into that territory in recent years, but I've lately felt like that's a critical deficiency on my part. I'm seeking to remedy this and picked up bottles of Bulleit Rye and Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon. I'm currently sipping the first over ice.
You should also try some decent scotch, it's a very different animal from bourbon or rye, and worth exploring if you're looking to round out your palate.
I find that there is just a little bit of a learning curve. The first few glasses I had neat were unbearable. Now, I cannot imagine putting a drop of water in my bourbon (or at least those which I have on hand). Although I do prefer my scotch with some water to open up the flavor profiles.
Edited by Newcomer - 6/26/13 at 6:08pm
It seems very odd to me to declare that one wouldn't imagine adding a drop of water to a Scotch. Different whiskies have different profiles (and proofs) and thus respond differently to dilution -- most respond positively if they are over 80pf, and some, like my 131pf Mortlach, would be otherwise undrinkable.
Anyway, there are things to enjoy about all of the dark spirits; rye, scotch, bourbon, rum, and probably even tequila, though I have not really toured that spirit yet.
I am drinking a Hemingway Daquiri (sometimes called a La Floridita) with my wonderful El Dorado 3yr white demarara rum. Fantastic.
I have found with the bourbons I have toured [as you so eloquently phrased it], with water many of the subtleties are extinguished. With Scotch though, I definitely prefer a few drops of water to open the spirit up a little bit. Especially with the more... throaty whisky. I apologize for my god awful English. Posting with my iPad is not my forte.
Anybody drinking Old Bardstown bourbon after the Robert Parker favorable review? Apparently the review shouldn't be taken that seriously, but I'm curious about the bourbon not the review. I drank a bottle. I think it was ~$17 and I would say it was pretty great for that price point. I normally stick with Buffalo Trace and am still developing my taste. The main thing I picked out about Old Bardstown was a strong note of maple syrup.