Kim wrote: >I have been known to enjoy a good southern bourbon >now and then. With the good small batch stuff, it's >gotta be neat too! Unless it's in a mint julep, of course. Sorry to perseverate and continue this OT ETOH thread, but I have to add my words of praise for the underappreciated mint julep. Before ever trying one I always thought of it as a the kind of delicate beverage that genteel Southern ladies would politely sip at garden parties. But years ago on a visit to New Orleans I sampled one and was amazed by how strong it was! And tasty. A pleasant antidote to excessive heat and humidity. I was sold. I was later delighted to learn the derivation of the word "julep" -- coming from Persian "gul" (rose) and "ab" (water). In deference to the Eastern origin of the word, if not the drink, I sometimes add a drop or two of rosewater when making a mint julep. As far as Scotch goes, you guys are all welcome to my share . . . I still can't appreciate it.