Walker Percy on Bourbon

Recently I was reminded of Walker Percy’s excellent essay on Bourbon. A sample is below, full article here.

This is not written by a connoisseur of Bourbon. Ninety-nine percent of Bourbon drinkers know more about Bourbon than I do. It is about the aesthetic of Bourbon drinking in general and in particular of knocking it back neat.

I can hardly tell one Bourbon from another, unless the other is very bad. Some bad Boubons are even more memorable than good ones. For example, I can recall being broke with some friends in Tennessee and deciding to have a party and being able to afford only two-fifths of a $1.75 Bourbon called Two Natural, whose label showed dice coming up 5 and 2. Its taste was memorable. The psychological effect was also notable. After knocking back two or three shots over a period of half an hour, the three male drinkers looked at each other and said in a single voice: ‘Where are the women?’ I have not been able to locate this remarkable Bourbon since.

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4 thoughts on “Walker Percy on Bourbon

  1. Ah, typo. I think you meant to say “Followed shortly by a resolution not to drink EARLY TIMES for a while.”

    I think you should upgrade to Maker’s Mark.

  2. Yeah, but it’s wasteful to drink Maker’s Mark like Percy recommends drinking bourbon. Maker’s Mark is for sipping, not slugging down five shots at a time.

    Also, if I’m going to spend serious money on whisky, give me Jameson, or anything Scotch or Irish really, any day of the week.

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