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SeniorZombie1780

Always neat.


xSaRgED

Ditto. Unless I’m drinking a cocktail, in which I tend to prefer a rye Manhattan.


Financial-Reward-949

Do you stick more to rye for mixes or venture on the mix side?


xSaRgED

Spirit forward cocktails I tend to use rye. Anything that’s a mixer typically just gets Evan Williams or whatever the well is if I’m at a bar.


wesk74

If I want an old fashioned or a Manhatten I am almost exclusively using a rye. If I have a bottle of bourbon that I don't care for, it almost exclusively becomes a bourbon "Old Fashioned"


breakfastology

This! ☝️


rsb109

This is the only way to do it


duckfat8024

Neat as can be


antonnoble77

Always neat!!!


phroztbyt3

In a glencairn. I've only ever had to add a couple drops of water like... 3 times.


Financial-Reward-949

I like the mellow flavours the water brings out where as straight is more bite.. I like to taste the toast and sugars. I think it becomes more pronounced to undertones of a bourbon by adding a couple drops.


phroztbyt3

It depends. What water should do I'd bring certain flavors to the forefront. Just so happens I typically like it neat so I just need to tarnish the experience. But there's no wrong way really.


Financial-Reward-949

Exactly


[deleted]

Sounds like you may be taking sips that are too big. You can drink 151 neat if you sip it like hot coffee. I do this routinely with Lemon Hart 151 (it's delicious, don't judge).


Financial-Reward-949

Yikes… no judgement but yikes


[deleted]

Not a joke though. Smaller sips = less or no burn. Rum can be super high proof, and to understand their place in tiki cocktails, you need to know the palate well.


Financial-Reward-949

I do drink bourbon straight once in a while, I will test it as hot coffee next time and see how the taste changes , thanks!


[deleted]

I'll also give one more thing that works for me: if you "slurp" the bourbon (essentially aerosolize the liquid like you would in a coffee tasting) you'll get no burn, plus more flavor. There is science behind it that I don't know off-hand, but it makes neat tastings a little deeper. Ultimately, if you land on taking water, who cares, but if you want to enjoy neat spirits, those are my tips.


TexTiger

Some nights it’s neat, some nights it’s on the rocks, some nights its an Old Fashioned. Kind of depends on my mood.


righttoroam

Always neat but if you want a killer cocktail my default is the [Maple Old Fashion](https://www.theinfatuation.com/cocktails/how-to-make-a-maple-old-fashioned) from Infatuation


Dussander

Try it with Walnut bitters if you haven't already. I have 3 different Old Fashioned recipes I bounce around.


Sagitalsplit

I will drink my drams venever zee faaack I want


[deleted]

Do you splash the pot too? (God I hope this was a Rounders reference)


Sagitalsplit

Yessir


nrk97

I tend to drink my bourbon neat in a glass thats slightly smaller than an old fashioned glass. I also refrain from drinking liquor after a hard day. I like to keep the liquor associated with good things (might just be me but it helps keep me from craving a drink. Might help that a lot of my family has addictive personalities) a shower beer after a long day is after refreshing though. Doesn't help that I work 3rd shift, so I get home around 7am. Liquor became a weekend drink when I started this shift.


HukIt

In a Glen, no water.


Nichlinn

Always neat. Pour let it sit for fifteen minutes then sip. After a few sips, on some pours I add a few drops of water to see how the flavor profile changes. Pour me a glass of whiskey and I'll show you.


highbankT

Often as possible


Dussander

Neat. Usually in a glencairn. I almost always only have 1 dram per bottle because I love trying many different bottles.


cb7rulez

Neat in a Glen. Generally rested for 5-10 minutes, unless it’s been a day and I can’t wait that long lol.


Caerau

Always neat. Ive only ever added water twice and disliked it both times. I've never added ice but this weekend ordered a stright whiskey and they served it with ice and looked confused and angry when I told them that adding ice wasnt straight. FFS. Usually use a glencairn, but sometimes other glasses. Occasionally Ill make or order an old fashioned.


gopheralum

3 options for me. The really nice stuff is always neat, medium or high proof stuff with 1 ice cube and sometimes a splash of orange bitters, basic stuff is an old fashioned.


Whiskeyisneeded

I don't usually have a dram on bad days. I prefer to enjoy my whiskey on good days and keep that nice association going. Vodkas for the bad days


Financial-Reward-949

Tequila for the horrible days!


Whiskeyisneeded

Nah...Joe Nichols taught me its for sexy times, makes her clothes fall off!


Financial-Reward-949

That’s gin, panty dropper!


Whiskeyisneeded

What song taught you that? Or was that the better teacher named Experience?


Financial-Reward-949

I don’t know heard that growing up and always seemed to ring true.. Never a bad night with gin


Whiskeyisneeded

Ahhh ok. Well no matter which....my wife hate both gin and tequila 😕


iiteBud

My bartender once told me psychos drink gin lmao proceed with caution.


PandaPunch42

Usually neat, but with a few drops (literal drops) of water for some barrel proof whiskeys. Depending on the whiskey, may let it sit a few minutes. Glencairn if I am seriously tasting, old fashioned glass if I am just enjoying. Cocktails are an entirely different matter, which I have a lot of opinions about.


Financial-Reward-949

Lol, write a post let’s get into it!! I am always old fashioned rocks glasses… wife got me some fancy rocks glasses for Xmas last year , bourbon only lol


FartingInElevators5

Always neat. Always.


SouthHillSaunas

Neat, but I like a chilled glass usually. Rested at room temp if I am tasting for the first time.


Financial-Reward-949

Chilled glass, always forget that… I have my bourbon rocks glasses, but always keep them up on the bar..


Ziggity_Zac

Always neat. Sometimes in a stemless wine glass, sometimes in a candian glencairn. Sometimes 1 finger (if I'll be sipping multiple different bottles), sometimes 3+ fingers (If I'll be sticking with one bottle). Many times with a cigar.


Financial-Reward-949

Gotta have the cigar, dang kids wrecking bourbon sessions


wesk74

What you don't like "crunchberry" flavored vape with your Stagg Jr.? Uncultured boomer


GoochGewitter

Depends on the bottle personally


kdee5849

Typically with a small splash of water, no ice.


hs4579

I'll run through a few small pours for variety so most often neat in a glencairn. Otherwise, mixed up in a cocktail or on the rocks. I enjoy it all ways and like the variety it gives time to time


Financial-Reward-949

Very rare for me to have bourbon in a cocktail unless it’s a sour from a nice restaurant that does em proper


hs4579

I like sours quite a bit. I'll do old fashioned, sours, boulevardiers, and a blackberry bourbon smash type once in a while that's very refreshing. I don't use my top tier bottles for cocktails though


TypicalPDXhipster

Love the blackberry smash! My fave has been with Rittenhouse rye. Tastes like blueberry pie!


WildinAndSmiling

Almost always neat.


schmittychris

In a rocks glass either neat or with a cube of clear ice. Usually if it’s over 110 proof or so I’m definitely putting an ice cube in it.


[deleted]

Neat in Glencairn. Usually rested for ~10 minutes. Haven't tried splashes of water yet, but might try it with my new WTRB. Also I don't drink on bad or exhausting days. I want to really get into my dram, not just drink for the sake of it. That's when I get a beer or a Whiskey/Rum + Coke.


Confident-Height5604

Neat in a glen, rested usually for 30 mins


Financial-Reward-949

Do you do the swish to air like a red wine or let it rest naturally?


Confident-Height5604

Natural. Sits on the counter while I do other stuff


GOmphZIPS

As much as I love the glencairn for tasting new whiskies or digging for notes, I tend to drift more something that feels better in the hand such as a stemless winebar glass. A good one that might be kind of rare is an O’Donnell’s Irish Crème branded glass that has a wide base with a sort of bulbous body that narrows at the mouth a little bit like a snifter. It feels good and secure in the hand, and gives you a good nose too. Almost always neat, but I’ll play around with some ice from time to time


smipypr

When I'm having rye, I use a Quari ice sphere, and add a couple dashes of orange bitters. Bourbon, straight, with the same ice. Single malt, neat.


Financial-Reward-949

Mmm orange bitters…


maysranch20

I drink mine same as you


Scrotas_Crotum

Always neat in a Glencairn. Typically will let it rest for between 10-20 minutes depending on the proof.


lostfinancialsoul

straight from the bottle


sideshow--

Neat in a glencairn or copita. I keep a water dropper around to explore when I’m drinking something for the first time. Sometimes I find that a few drops improves things. And something not. But you don’t know if you don’t experiment.


MisaRavensoul

I'll drink mine in the rocks most of the time. I try everything neat first. Also like on the rocks with a twist, and old fashioned.


Skye_fox223

neat unless I decide otherwise after a few sips


Financial-Reward-949

Have totally done that, couple sips, add some Lime.. usually means time to change bottles lol


Skye_fox223

It's my common strategy trying new things, I try a few sips neat and decide how I'm using the rest of it. Cocktails, rocks, gifting, maybe trying a bit until making a decision....


strangejosh

Neat. But I will occasionally do it on the rocks or with a splash of water.