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Mint Julep time

Dapuma May 1, 2012 08:27 AM

It is almost time for the Derby, which means it's Mint Julep time

What are a couple good Boubon's to start with for Mint Julep's other than Van Pappy 15 year - would prefer a 40-50ish option or less if possible unless going higher is really worth it

I have Bulleit Bourbon on hand, not sure if that is good enough for Mint Juleps or not

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    mford7402 May 1, 2012 08:57 AM

    Woodford Reserve is what is served in the mint juleps at churh hill downs, and Maker's Mark is a go to for most Louisvillians. Both should be in the $40-50 range.

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    1. re: mford7402
      INDIANRIVERFL May 1, 2012 09:06 AM

      Totally agree. A top shelf sipping whiskey is wasted in a mint julep. If you want to get back to the original flavor, a raw, assertive rye is more in order. It has to meet the challenge of the muddled mint and syrup.

      And please don't make them ahead of time, or the mint will overpower everything. You might as well make them with creme de menthe.

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      Sam Spade Apr 21, 2013 06:01 AM

      Was gifted a bottle of EH Taylor barrel proof and wondering about it's suitability for Juleps. Yes, I know it's a "sipper", but even with small splash of H2O, not quite to my liking for same.

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      1. re: Sam Spade
        nickls Apr 22, 2013 06:47 AM

        Why not try it and see if you like it?

        I find simple bourbons like Jim Beam work quite nicely in a julep, but I imagine a more interesting bourbon would make for a more interesting julep. High proof should also help the flavor punch through the dilution from the ice.I bet Old Weller 107 or Booker's would make for a great julep (never tried the EH Taylor).

      2. Veggo Apr 22, 2013 07:02 AM

        Anyone notice the price of sterling julep cups lately? For the price of a set, one could buy an Arabian horse!

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        1. re: Veggo
          c oliver Apr 22, 2013 07:52 AM

          A crummy Arabian horse :)

          1. re: c oliver
            INDIANRIVERFL Apr 23, 2013 08:56 AM

            Graduate third in the class at the Armor Officer Advance Course and you were presented with a sterling julep cup.

            Now that they have moved to Georgia (Benning School for Boys) do they get a silver peanut?

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          The Big Crunch Apr 23, 2013 04:12 PM

          Why would you ever use a top of the line sipping whiskey in a mint julep? Just as a status symbol? If there's one thing that seems to be agreed upon in the many, many cocktail and spirits threads on here, it is that good booze makes better cocktails, but at a certain point, the benefits rarely justify the cost. Honestly, if someone offered me a mint julep using Pappy, I'd happily accept it out loud, but in my mind I'd be thinking, "What a waste. I would have much rather had the Pappy neat." Then again, I've only had Pappy Van Winkle, so maybe Van Pappy isn't quite as good ;)

          As others have said, Woodford seems to work for a lot of Kentuckians. I've made terrific juleps with Buffalo Trace as well as Old Grand Dad 114. Bulleit is considered an excellent cocktail bourbon and would also likely make a fine Julep.

          1. BiscuitBoy Apr 25, 2013 09:41 AM

            Hello Julep Friends...favorite recipes to share?

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              EvergreenDan Apr 25, 2013 01:38 PM

              Saw a tweet today about a Lagavulin Julep at Hawthorne (Boston area). I'm sure it's good, but my bottle wept a little tear.


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                BiscuitBoy Apr 29, 2013 11:46 AM

                essentially minty and sweetened bourbon...I guess I can pass

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                  EvergreenDan Apr 29, 2013 01:21 PM

                  ?? Yes, a Mint Julep is minty, sweetened bourbon, but Lagavulin is as far from bourbon as a whiskey can get, I'd say.

                  If you're saying that you'll pass on Mint Juleps, I agree. If you want something totally kick-ass, try Chris Amirault's No Mint Bittered Cynar Julep, or the original Cynar Julep from Beta Cocktails.

                  I always go easy on the syrup; you can always add more.

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                    BiscuitBoy Apr 29, 2013 01:51 PM

                    yeah, I have Cynar hiding somewhere, maybe that's a good use for it

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                      The Big Crunch Apr 29, 2013 01:55 PM

                      Oh, bovered! Minty and sweetened bourbon, yes...AND THEY TASTE AWESOME!!!

                      Such a tasty and refreshing warm weather drink, how can anyone besmirch it unless they don't like bourbon, crushed ice, mint, and a little simple syrup, and how can anyone hate those things?!?!? :)

                      1. re: The Big Crunch
                        BiscuitBoy Apr 30, 2013 06:54 AM

                        I'll take bourbon and ice in a silver cup any day....leave the sugar water and mint for the chic drinks

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                          The Big Crunch Apr 30, 2013 01:50 PM

                          So, are you basically saying you hate cocktails? Mint is really common in many, many, many classic cocktails, and almost by definition a cocktail includes a sweetening agent. Not sure I'd call all of them chick drinks, but then again, a lot of drinkers believe anything other than straight liquor is "girly" and a waste of booze. I don't like limiting myself from tasty things, so I enjoy cocktails and straight booze equally, depending on what I'm in the mood to drink.

                          1. re: The Big Crunch
                            EvergreenDan May 2, 2013 08:02 AM

                            @TBC There are a great many cocktails (unless you're using the archaic meaning of cock-tail) where the sugar is balanced by acid, bitterness, and/or challenging herbal flavors. The Mint Julep isn't one of them.

                            Alas I know of only 1 great cocktail that has essentially no sugar. At least its a REALLY great cocktail.

                            BTW, I consider my dislike for sweet cocktails a disadvantage. It make it much harder for me to find a drink I like at a bar or restaurant.

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                            1. re: EvergreenDan
                              quazi May 2, 2013 11:23 AM

                              I don't like the sweetness, fullness in most bourbons even before the sugar that goes into a cocktail is added.And given how trendy bourbon is, in my opinion sweet drinks ae hard to avoid these days.

                              The first time I tried a Julep, I was sick on my stomach it was so sweet. It was well made, in a sterling cup and all, but to me it begged for a lemon.

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                                kattyeyes May 3, 2013 08:55 AM

                                Make a bourbon mojito.

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                                  c oliver May 3, 2013 09:35 AM

                                  Well, then it's not a mojito :) But, really, how does that change much? Still got the sugar in the form of simple syrup.

                            2. re: The Big Crunch
                              BiscuitBoy May 3, 2013 08:33 AM

                              Love cocktails, but a julep seems like a waste of nice bourbon...The same way a sour mix ruins good tequila in a margarita. For shiggles, and since my mint is going crazy, I will make a julep, and raise my glass to you and snooki

                2. Dapuma Apr 29, 2013 08:06 PM

                  I didn't realize at the time it was impossible to get Van Winkle much less that it was too good to mix

                  I stand corrected would not mix the PVW

                  Not a huge Bourbon guy, I have Bulliet, MM46 and Rittenhouse100 (don't like rye but some guests do)

                  I like Buffalo Trace and Four Roses generally but have not added to the Bourbon collection...I tend to add rum more than Bourbon :)

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                    A_Gonzalez May 5, 2013 11:13 PM

                    Well, I finally tried my hand at making some mint juleps. Didn't have the appropriate cups, though :(

                    1. BiscuitBoy May 6, 2013 06:25 AM

                      Me too.... Didn't have a silver cup so used stainless instead. I'll hafta to have a few more before I dismiss'em

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                        c oliver May 6, 2013 07:37 AM

                        Think ya got enough mint in there?!?!?!? :)

                        I think the SS cup is a great substitute.

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                          BiscuitBoy May 6, 2013 09:45 AM

                          any excuse to get rid of some

                          1. re: BiscuitBoy
                            c oliver May 6, 2013 09:58 AM

                            Oh, gawd, I know! I put it in a planter a few years ago and it's spread into the lawn. But I like it so well that I just mow it with the grass.

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