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So – I like to work hard, and play harder. I also firmly believe to live while alive – don’t just occupy a seat. A good drink is something I enjoy. I also enjoy learning. So… after ordering an “old fashioned” at the hotel bar one night while traveling for work, I realized I liked it and wanted to learn how to make one myself. This is me, writing about learning bourbon. I probably won’t use the right words, I’m not a pro – just a guy that is having fun drinking bourbon.
The Standing Rankings:
- Four Roses Single Barrel ($40)
- Jim Beam Black Extra Aged ($16)
- Four Roses Yellow Label ($22)
- Maker’s 46 ($37)
- Gentry Charleston Lowland Reserve ($35)
- Buffalo Trace ($28)
- Knob Creek ($30)
- Woodford Reserve ($35)
The focus will be on the different bourbons. Me being frugal, I’m also interested in finding out how much price really matters. Does a more expensive bourbon effect how much I enjoy an “Old Fashioned”. I will (and have) played with a few recipes of which I’ll share. However, all bourbons are ranked based on what I will call the “Simple Old Fashioned”.
- Learn how to make an “Old Fashioned” whiskey
- Try different bourbons (various styles and prices) and rate them from preference
- Share the results
- Use the same recipe across all samples *See The Simple Recipe below
- Only vary the recipe once a ranking is given
- Bourbon will be force ranked from most liked, to least liked
- Will be categorized into 4 categories:
- Look forward to buying again
- Would buy it again
- Probably wouldn’t buy it again
- Definitely not buying again
…and with that, let’s start sampling the bourbon!
The Simple Recipe
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1/2 oz Simple syrup
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- Fill mixing glass 3/4 full with ice from my fridges ice dispenser
- Add bitters, simple syrup, then bouron (I’m using a jig to ensure consistent pours)
- Stir for 30 seconds
- Pour into glass with solid ice cube of choice (cube or sphere)
- *Sometimes I have an orange handy to add an orange peel; I’ve found this doesn’t overly effect the taste, but is fun to throw in.