A listener, Andrew Moore writes:
As I consider you my political guru and responsible for my unplugging from the matrix I seek further guidance from you.
Which of the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbons would you recommend? In what manner would you suggest to properly imbibe your recommendation? Thank you for your sage advice.
Response: Andrew, Jefferson's Reserve is one of the best bourbon whiskeys there is so you've made a good choice. Jefferson's comes in 3 varieties with the Presidential Select being the most rare. I never had the pleasure of experiencing the Presidential Select but I have notched no less than a few dozen bottles of the other two styles the "Jefferson's" and the "Jefferson's Select". Of course the first cardinal rule of bourbon drinking is to recognize that you are about to sip what took 12-20 years to produce so you do NOT want to mix it with something that took 8 seconds in a factory outside Atlanta. Proper sipping for gentlemen therefore requires nothing more than an elegant "rocks glass". I prefer to sip mine straight up, sample and smell the blend, then proceed with 4-6 cubes of of ice, rinse and repeat. For Scotch whiskeys I NEVER use ice because ice dilutes that peat aroma and finish too much. If you're wondering, I don't dwell on a glass of Bourbon so the ice doesn't have a chance to melt.