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Which do you prefer?

Corn whisky/Bourbon
Barley whisky
Rye whisky
Scotch - its nothing like other Barley whiskies
All of the above, but No Pants
Any of the above, just make sure its a single malt

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Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:55:43 AM »
As sort of a spin off of the Favorite Bourbons thread...

I used to drink a lot of Rye in my college days, but find it too sweet now.  Give me a nicely aged Irish Single Malt, Single Malt Scotch is fine also, but I'm not big on the real smoky ones.  I've never had a quality bourbon, so I don't really know how I feel about it.
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 08:01:51 AM »
What if you drink whiskey with your pants off?

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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 08:05:25 AM »
All of above. Each has it's own place ;)
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009, 08:35:40 AM »
What if you drink whiskey with your pants off?

err... I thought 5 choices was plenty, but you raise a good point.
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009, 08:37:12 AM »
Was option 5 there when I voted?  ???

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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 09:26:32 AM »
When I'm in the mood for the hard schtuff (not often, tend to fall down stairs) I like 40 Creek Canadian whiskey and Single Malt Scotch especially Glenmorangie
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009, 10:09:59 AM »
The poll is kinda confusing as all of the above are whiskey/whisky!

Do you mean Tennessee whiskey as just plain "whiskey"?  There are two distillers that do that last I checked, Jack Daniel's and George Dickel (my favorite).  There's one extra step involving filtering for TN whiskey, but it is generally very, very similar to an average Kentucky bourbon whiskey.  Put it this way there are bourbons that are more like JD than they are to certain other bourbons. 

I know there are some "American whiskies" that exist, that are brewed outside of TN or KY, but there aren't that many and they don't have a large shared amount of unique shared characteristics to really be their own style, more just outliers.

Canadian whisky has the e-less spelling and I don't know a lot about it.  I've had some that's quite good, but more that I've tried is just mundane and watery.  But I haven't tried many top-shelf examples.

Scotch whisky (the other one to lose the e) is my favorite at least in single malts.  Sort of the varietal wine of the whisk[e]y world.  Aberlour (10yr and a'bunadh) and some of the Islay malts are my favorites, although they could hardly be more different.

Irish whiskey has a sort of pleasing spiced sweetness to it...like a more easily drinkable version of Scotch whisky.  Black Bush has a nice pear note that is really nice.

One other question...you mention rye being too sweet...you're not talking about "Rock and Rye" which is a liqueur, right?  Rye whiskey is similar to bourbon but made with a larger proportion of rye in the mash.  Spicy is the usual descriptor, I've never thought of it as sweet but then again, taste buds are unique.  Rock and Rye on the other hand will be actually sweetened.

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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2009, 10:10:06 AM »
Was option 5 there when I voted?  ???

uhh, I thought I created all the options at the same time, but I am very sleep deprived this morning (1 year old whose molars are coming in - he thinks if he's not sleeping well, no one else should be either).... and there's 6 options, like I said - low on sleep...
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2009, 10:24:45 AM »
The poll is kinda confusing as all of the above are whiskey/whisky!

+1, I'm still not sure how to vote...
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2009, 10:32:39 AM »
Sorry for the confusion  :-[... I should have the first three options as Corn, Barley or Rye.

I've always heard that Whiskey (witht the e) was Irish whiskey, all others are whisky.  I'm Canadian, so maybe that's a Canadian thing - I don't know...  Canadian whisky usually refers to rye whisky or blended whisky (and usually a blend of rye and barley whisky, sometimes corn).  I know its not proper, but I think of corn whisky as being bourbon, in the same way as many will call any sparking wine champagne.

As to my comment about rye being too sweet - I guess I drank too much Crown Royal, which I find much sweeter than 40 Creek.  I find the spiciness of rye pleasing.

I prefer a single malt Irish or Scotch, but I finished a bottle of blended Canadian whisky the other night (rye, barley and corn) and I quite enjoyed it, especially since it was given to me.  It was probably the inspiration behind the poll - & my buddies who regularly hit me up for free beer want to have a blind whisky tasting night to see which style is preferred, so I thought I'd throw up a poll and see what happened... any other questions, please see my sleep deprived post above  ;)
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2009, 12:51:53 PM »
When I'm in the mood for the hard schtuff (not often, tend to fall down stairs) I like 40 Creek Canadian whiskey and Single Malt Scotch especially Glenmorangie

+1 to the Glenmorangie.  That's my go to scotch and mostly what I drink when I'm drinking the hard stuff.
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2009, 01:00:52 PM »
but I am very sleep deprived this morning (1 year old whose molars are coming in - he thinks if he's not sleeping well, no one else should be either).... and there's 6 options, like I said - low on sleep...

Feel your pain mate.  My little girl is a year and a half and because of her...shall we say..."spirited temperament", "low on sleep" has been a modus operandi for a long time now!  :D

To bring this all back into relevance, I have heard of people rubbing whiskey on teething toddlers' gums, but I'm not going there!   :-X

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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2009, 09:20:40 PM »
I enjoy a good Scotch or Canadian. The rest of this spirits family are OK, except bourbons - moonshine infused with vomit IMO.
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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2009, 02:53:22 PM »
I stay away from Firewater now for the most part, but enjoy scotch, irish, or a templeton rye.

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Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 08:43:07 PM »
I was at The London Grill in Plainwell, MI having a hamburger at the bar and was admiring all the nice bottles of Scotch on the back shelves. I asked the bar manager about the basics of Scotch tasting and next thing I know, he lines up 6 samples with a lot of variety between them and works me through them. Wow! what an education. I remember the Islay samples having the sea saltiness and ... thats I all I remember. Time for a refresher course!
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