Scotch with water is totally normal, but I haven't heard of diluting bourbon much. Is it a thing?

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I’ve been told diluting it with water helps open up the aromas so there’s research behind it. As KMPG 1 stated bourbon drinkers don’t have that mindset when drinking. An ice cube does it for me.

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Respect: A good scotch or Bourbon should be enjoyed neat.

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Deloitte- scotch and soda is just an all time classic that gets too much hate!

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Yea, but folks usually do it with ice or coke. In all seriousness treat it no differently than scotch, a little water can really help, but most bourbon drinkers don’t drink bourbon with that mindset

There are some high proof bourbons that I’d put water into. Booker’s comes to mind. But I’d still prefer it neat.

I pour about 3oz, take a sip neat (if it's my first time trying it) and then drop one small ice cube.

Bourbon, like every whiskey, benefits from water. The science suggests that the molecules that we taste/smell rise to the surface when water is added making the whiskey more fragrant and flavorful.

Fwiw, the taste is definitely different between the two and it all comes down to preference. The only bourbon that I've had that was better neat than with water was OWA 107.

There's a bar in Oklahoma City called 21-C that serves its bourbon flights with a small vial of water and dropper. I will say that I didn't hate it.

All whiskey can benefit from a small amount of water. Not to tame it, but to help open it up.

Why it’s more common with scotch, I think, is because scotch is often higher proof and there’s a cultural element to it. It’s common in Scotland for water to be served with or available for people drinking whisky. In the US, that just doesn’t happen and people think they’re “tough” if they drink whiskey undiluted, without ice, etc., even if the whiskey or experience might taste better with several droplets of water.

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