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compliance
01-26-2013, 12:33
I'm in a rut! I haven't been enjoying bourbon as much lately. It seems like all my open bottles are boring, even the barrel proofers taste like ordinary bourbon where they raised the proof to slap a premium on it. I got no BTAC to break up the year with something special, but I'm not even sure that would have helped. Maybe I'm out of new bourbon experiences to explore and its getting to me. I could try to cut back my consumption so it feels special again, but currently I've been having more scotch evenings. Those are satisfying, but I still feel like something is different. What do you do?

MyOldKyDram
01-26-2013, 12:37
There's always the craft distillers, Canadian, Irish, Japanese, cognac, armagnac, fruit brandies...you get the idea. Theres a whole world of distilled spirits out there. Branch out. Try something different. Maybe you'll find a new love. Maybe it will make you fall in love with our bourbon all over again.

HP12
01-26-2013, 13:17
Not only do I have several different Bourbon expressions opened to choose from, I also have various expressions of Scotch to choose from (yes, including peated, yum). If a whisk(e)y doesn't quite seem right, I'll reach for a craft beer.

I try to make my libation experiences never boring and always intriguing and interesting.

ebo
01-26-2013, 13:33
Sometimes it's good to take a break. When I'm not "feeling it" with bourbon or scotch, I turn to Tequila for a change of pace. :cool:

squire
01-26-2013, 13:34
Explore the World of cocktails, you've got the makins.

dementedavenger
01-26-2013, 14:04
I've been slowly adding more single whiskeys to my stable to shake things up and my next couple of purchases will likely be Japanese whiskeys.

petrel800
01-26-2013, 15:21
Gin is actually interesting again, lots of different stuff to try these days. Check out the St George offerings. New cocktails and perfecting old ones can make your bourbon interesting again.

HighInTheMtns
01-26-2013, 15:27
I drink beer. Never really a conscious decision, my consumption just kind of ebbs and flows between the two.

ErichPryde
01-26-2013, 16:12
This happens to me too. I switch over to cocktails and imperial stouts. Eventually I swing back to bourbon.

SFS
01-26-2013, 16:27
Gin is actually interesting again, lots of different stuff to try these days. Check out the St George offerings. New cocktails and perfecting old ones can make your bourbon interesting again.

There is a relatively new gin out that is quite intriguing, along the line of Hendricks. It's called Greenalls, and it is not very expensive (maybe $29 for a 1.75?). Very nice, non-standard gin. It has an even newer big brother, called Bloom, but that one is too floral for me. Greenalls makes great cocktails, but can also be consumed on the rocks, which is the way we drink it.

LostBottle
01-26-2013, 16:27
Unimpressed with bourbon? Sounds like someone had a taste of rye!

compliance
01-26-2013, 17:45
I've done some of the branching out thing. The problem with that is there isn't much that's as good as bourbon to begin with :cool:

Gin is an interesting suggestion. I noticed they seem to be making gins with a lot of different ingredients thrown in now. Is gin more interesting than pine trees these days?

Restaurant man
01-26-2013, 22:30
I drink beer. Never really a conscious decision, my consumption just kind of ebbs and flows between the two.

This is a sensible approach. :cool:

Restaurant man
01-26-2013, 22:31
I've been slowly adding more single whiskeys to my stable to shake things up and my next couple of purchases will likely be Japanese whiskeys.

Scotch??? Never heard of it. Is it from America?

darylld911
01-27-2013, 06:35
I don't know if this will be an annual thing, but the last two years I've lost anywhere from half to 80% of my olfactory through the holidays. I haven't "enjoyed" any of my bourbon since early December. It usually starts with a head cold, but I haven't felt under the weather since before Christmas (and even last night, my Glencairn might well have been a rocks glass as I got nothing from nosing what should have been a great 4RSB).

Now if it really is just boredom, I like the suggestions of expanding horizons. I had been trying more single malts as well before my nose went on strike.

Young Blacksmith
01-27-2013, 08:18
I do one of two options. First is to drink no bourbon, usually no alcohol for a few days, but plenty of water. Slowly introduce cheap beer. After a few days I'm back on the bourbon train with no problems. This option usually happens organically after indulging quite a bit too much in one night.....

The second is to find a cheap, satisfying pour like Old Forester Signature. Consume only that until your rut is over. I usually want to branch out after a few days and see what else I find appealing.

Jfevre
01-27-2013, 11:30
For me an old favorite bourbon can have new life when matched up with the right food or Cigar. When I get into a rut I try to eat foods that complement bourbon so I can enjoy the two together. This usually means I pull the grill out and make some mean BBQ for dinner and have some bourbon. For desert the wife will have some dark chocolate with red wine and I have some with more bourbon.

Barclay Beach
01-27-2013, 12:00
My two recommendations would be:

A. Abstain until you crave some bourbon.
Or
B. Set your sights on a hard to find bottle that you love unquestionably, and hope that the thrill of the chase gets you back on the horse.

WAINWRIGHT
01-27-2013, 12:55
I often walk away from whiskey all together for a week or so on a regular basis,I fill the void the reading of books or other materials.I am often surprised what the power of suggestion has done to reawaken my interest in the hobby.When you read something new you often have to go out and try it an it begins to be fun all over again.

HighHorse
01-27-2013, 13:17
I'm in a rut! I haven't been enjoying bourbon as much lately. ... What do you do?

Lordy. I hope this never happens to me. There are a few thousand $ worth of noteworthy bottles on my shelves & under tables at home and in the office (and some in my trunk). Most are unopened. My challange is trying to forecast the end of life so that I can get started and finish both the stash and life at approximately the same time!

Here's a suggestion: Start visiting the typical bars that offer only Jack Daniels, and one more whatever. Order one of those dozen offerings of Grey Goose and try to spike it up with olives, lemon peels and onions. Then switch over .. as some have suggested .. to those wonderful gins .. and .. if you're still off bourbon .. dive into the peat.

If you're not back to the wonderful complexity and all-American juice of the Master Distillers of Kentucky by now .. I would suggest gravitating to a board where they discuss wierd sex, boar hunting or saskwatch.

My sympathies & deepest condolences. I hope you pull through this and know that we are family. :skep:

HP12
01-27-2013, 13:34
Lordy. I hope this never happens to me. There are a few thousand $ worth of noteworthy bottles on my shelves & under tables at home and in the office (and some in my trunk). Most are unopened. My challange is trying to forecast the end of life so that I can get started and finish both the stash and life at approximately the same time!

Here's a suggestion: Start visiting the typical bars that offer only Jack Daniels, and one more whatever. Order one of those dozen offerings of Grey Goose and try to spike it up with olives, lemon peels and onions. Then switch over .. as some have suggested .. to those wonderful gins .. and .. if you're still off bourbon .. dive into the peat.

If you're not back to the wonderful complexity and all-American juice of the Master Distillers of Kentucky by now .. I would suggest gravitating to a board where they discuss wierd sex, boar hunting or saskwatch.

My sympathies & deepest condolences. I hope you pull through this and know that we are family. :skep:

This could possibly be categorized as a classic post. Well said with great entertainment value!!

squire
01-28-2013, 16:52
That's right minded thinking, the stash is finished before the Estate begins.

ebo
01-28-2013, 18:00
This could possibly be categorized as a classic post. Well said with great entertainment value!!

"Possibly" be catagorized as a classic post??? If this isn't a classic post, I've never seen one! :lol:

humchan2k
01-28-2013, 20:29
Max, the solution is simple. Instead of drinkin' your whiskey neat or on the rocks, make some simple syrup, buy a good orange, and make a bourbon old fashioned with top shelf bourbon....and don't forget to flame the orange peel when you drop it in the glass. If THAT doesn't get you reenergized on bourbon, let me know and I'll swing by to pick up all the bottles you no longer need :)

unclebunk
01-29-2013, 07:34
Not only do I have several different Bourbon expressions opened to choose from, I also have various expressions of Scotch to choose from (yes, including peated, yum). If a whisk(e)y doesn't quite seem right, I'll reach for a craft beer.

I try to make my libation experiences never boring and always intriguing and interesting.

Ditto. I sometimes find myself craving bourbon after dinner, only to pour a nice glass and be underwhelmed for some odd reason. If the bourbon/single malt/Irish whiskey/tequila ain't doing it, a nice craft beer nearly always does the trick. Sometimes you just gotta change things up.

JPBoston
01-29-2013, 09:24
Max, the solution is simple. Instead of drinkin' your whiskey neat or on the rocks, make some simple syrup, buy a good orange, and make a bourbon old fashioned with top shelf bourbon....and don't forget to flame the orange peel when you drop it in the glass. If THAT doesn't get you reenergized on bourbon, let me know and I'll swing by to pick up all the bottles you no longer need :)

That's exactly what I do to shake things up (and is incidentally the way I got myself into bourbon a few years ago... gotta love old fashioned cocktails). Even do the flamed orange peel sometimes too. :)

And please let me know if you need help alleviating the whiskey stock from our friend Max... I'll be glad to help. ;)

Yeti
01-29-2013, 13:00
Enjoying whiskey can cause fatigue. Sometimes I just want "a drink" that tastes good enough, relaxes the mood, etc. And I feel like it's wasted on good whiskey. Sometimes that feeling lasts for several days or longer. I might drink rum or a disposable whiskey like white label beam with diet coke. A good stout or IPA works wonders. And I really like drinking black russians, especially during the winter time.

Gillman
01-29-2013, 14:14
I double the usual shot. :)

No actually I will usually have another spirit, rum probably, or if not that, a malt, gin or vodka.

Gary

smknjoe
01-29-2013, 14:53
Sometimes, I just don't have the desire to drink. There's no shame in taking a few days, weeks, or maybe a month off.

ChainWhip
01-29-2013, 15:12
Not there yet but this thread is great in case I ever get the bourbon blues

AaronWF
01-29-2013, 17:04
Not there yet but this thread is great in case I ever get the bourbon blues

The bourbon blues... The bourbon blues... Yeah, I don't think that means what you think it means. Singing the blues because you have a cabinet full of bourbon and no desire to drink it? Tell it to the guy on the corner with a sign that says "Will work for booze."

I think Gary nailed it. You're not drinking enough.

troyce
01-29-2013, 17:11
Sounds like you need to liquiidate your entire bourbon bunker to get over this. As President (OK, co-president of the Georgia Bourbon Society ) , I propose that we take all bourbons off your hands at no charge. We're here to help. I'll PM address later. Don't wait . The problem will only get worse.

ChainWhip
01-29-2013, 17:13
First world issues right? I hear ya ;-)

smknjoe
01-29-2013, 17:37
I'm in a rut! I haven't been enjoying bourbon as much lately. It seems like all my open bottles are boring, even the barrel proofers taste like ordinary bourbon where they raised the proof to slap a premium on it. I got no BTAC to break up the year with something special, but I'm not even sure that would have helped. Maybe I'm out of new bourbon experiences to explore and its getting to me. I could try to cut back my consumption so it feels special again, but currently I've been having more scotch evenings. Those are satisfying, but I still feel like something is different. What do you do?

You're in L.A. So, I would say go visist your doctor tell him your woes and he will most likely send you to the closest local dispensary. :)

squire
01-29-2013, 18:24
I don't see me changing anytime soon.

Lazer
01-29-2013, 18:49
What's wrong with you guys?

compliance
01-29-2013, 23:38
Max, the solution is simple. Instead of drinkin' your whiskey neat or on the rocks, make some simple syrup, buy a good orange, and make a bourbon old fashioned with top shelf bourbon....and don't forget to flame the orange peel when you drop it in the glass. If THAT doesn't get you reenergized on bourbon, let me know and I'll swing by to pick up all the bottles you no longer need :)

I went for this tonight. Used a fresh orange from my inlaws back yard and some PHC '12. Any hints for flaming the peel? I held a lighter up to it for a bit. This is ok. I think i need some tips, the internet recipe is a little bare bones. You know what would really get me excited for bourbon? Some 60's Old Fitz from a 5 gallon jug ;)

tanstaafl2
01-30-2013, 13:37
I went for this tonight. Used a fresh orange from my inlaws back yard and some PHC '12. Any hints for flaming the peel? I held a lighter up to it for a bit. This is ok. I think i need some tips, the internet recipe is a little bare bones. You know what would really get me excited for bourbon? Some 60's Old Fitz from a 5 gallon jug ;)

To flame the peel you heat it a bit and then squeeze the peel quickly to express the oil. First time i did it it was more than I expected! Keep it away from the eyebrows...

Might help to look at this (http://www.smallscreennetwork.com/video/227/ssn_raising_the_bar_flamed_orange_zest_640x360/).

JB64
01-31-2013, 00:14
Sorry to hear that bourbon isn't currently doing it for you. Here lately I have been 180 from where you are, everything is tasting good. I am enjoying my premium bottles as well as my bargain pours. Tonight I am really enjoying EWB, I keep a bottle in my kitchen for cooking and mixing, because I was too lazy to walk the 12 steps down to my lower level bar to pour a glass from one of my prized bottles. Since I have never been in a "rut" I have no words of wisdom for you but I offer my best wishes that in short time you again find your bourbon collection enjoyable.

Cheers

p_elliott
01-31-2013, 09:35
When I get in a bourbon rut I switch to Irish for a day or two.

smokinjoe
01-31-2013, 11:06
When I'm in a bourbon rut I simply read Squire's posts in the "What Bourbon are you drinking today?" thread, and I soon realize there are ruts, and then there are canyons. I begin feeling better immediately!! ;)

squire
01-31-2013, 21:32
Glad to be of service Joe . . . having reached Bourbon Nirvana I should extend a helping hand.

Bourbon Boiler
01-31-2013, 21:33
I go to a Manhattan if nothing on the shelf jumps out at me. Another strategy is to go for the bottle you're most disappointed with. Sometimes the low expectation helps. Even if not, it will improve your next pour.

JPBoston
01-31-2013, 23:33
Glad to be of service Joe . . . having reached Bourbon Nirvana I should extend a helping hand.

Haha, touche.

Squire's posts about Barton cocktails make me jealous --- can't get that brand around here (without special order, anyway).

SFS
02-01-2013, 07:13
Squire's posts about Barton cocktails make me jealous --- can't get that brand around here (without special order, anyway).

Likewise here, and his devotion to the brand has me extremely curious about that juice.

smokinjoe
02-01-2013, 07:28
Glad to be of service Joe . . . having reached Bourbon Nirvana I should extend a helping hand.

Thanks, Squire. As you know, just playin'. Like I said to you a couple of months ago, we should all be so lucky to one day experience your blissful contentment.
:toast:

JimmyLikesRye
02-03-2013, 15:35
A whiskey sour is a nice change: 2 oz bourbon, 1oz simple strip, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/2 egg white. Whisk all except bourbon with a milk frothier, add bourbon and ice to the shaker, and shake! I usually have to make 2of these for someone who's not had one before!