Sidecar taste test happened last night. 3 of us (including fellow 2+2er umterp) stared into the absyss and came out the other end drunk.
Based on feedback ITT, I went w. High end booze across the board, and made sidecars with cognac, rye, and bourbon. Thought it would be interesting to see how the strength of the liqour impacted taste, so tried several different proofs of bouth rye and bourbon.
From left to right:
Marquis de gensac vsop (80 proof, unused in test)
Martell cordon bleu (80 proof)
Cointreau (80 proof)
Van winkle 23.bourbon (95 proof)
Stagg bourbon (141 proof)
Handy rye (126 proof)
High west rendezvous rye (90 proof)
All drinks were made using 2.5:1:1
From left to right:
Classic recipe w. Martell
High west rye
Van winkle bourbon
Blended (1 oz stagg, 1 oz handy, .5 oz martell)
Results were remarkably consistent at the top and the bottom. We all rated the classic recipe best and the stagg the worst. I think the stagg is just too much for drinking in this format. Really needs to be sipped slowly with a little ice: overall, kind of a waste of awesome bourbon. That said, all the variations were "good" and I'd order any of them if I was put somewhere.
Choices for the middle of the pack were pretty varied, and mostly personal choice vs one drink being considerably better than another. I really enjoyed the handy version as the spice in the rye came through. The high west version was nice for sipping, but stood out as being noticeably weaker (in terms of strength, not taste) than the other variations. The van winkle was universally enjoyed and I'd consider "smoother" than some of the other options. I was the only one who really liked the blended version, but everybody noted that the blend was surprisingly less harsh than the straight stagg option.
Overall, a good time was had by all. And we ended up hammered, which I guess isn't surprising given the strength/amount of booze we consumed.
After taste test, this happened until umterp got in trouble with his wife and had to go home
Note what happens when somebody who's had 2 sidecars and a few beers tries to sugar the rim of a glass by just dipping it a bag of sugar