Should I mix with this bourbon, or should I sip it?

I’m no bourbon connoisseur, but I know what I like.

Far be it from me to tell you what you should and should not do. But to me, there are whiskeys you mix with, and whiskeys you sip and savor.

I was a younger, poorer man when I started to really enjoy scotch and bourbon. When I started mixing my own drinks, it was with the lower-end brands (you know the ones – they come in big plastic bottles and the label has a man’s name that starts with “J”…) I mixed with these, and I drank them over ice, as well. Because it was fine, you know?

When I started having a little more income to put towards the more expensive brands, I discovered that I really liked those better over ice, but wouldn’t mix with them because, well, seems a waste to use really good “sippin’ whiskey” in a cocktail.

Now I know it’s a matter of taste. I typically use what I would classify as a “mid-level” brand in my cocktails, but I’m not afraid or averse to using a higher-end one if the recipe really benefits from its use.

And I’m fine with sipping the mid-level brand when I’m out of the good stuff, because it’s fine, you know?

As always, your mileage may vary. Cheers!

Bob Sawyer


Hi! I’m Bob!

If it’s got bourbon in it, I’m drinking it. And if it’s really good, I’m gonna figure out how to make it, and share it with you. Because I’m good like that.


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