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Borchard
03-24-2013, 18:39
May be a stupid question, but are there foods that make bourbons taste bad? I had a seafood bisque for dinner tonight, and for some reason my bourbon doesn't taste as good?

Trey Manthey
03-24-2013, 18:54
Definitely. I've noticed peanuts mess up my palate big time.

Pieface
03-24-2013, 19:12
Anything with a lot of tomato seems to throw my taster off for a few hours.

camduncan
03-24-2013, 19:15
Chilli definately kills it for me, as does strong cheese.

MyOldKyDram
03-24-2013, 19:18
They surely can.

Just gotta fight through that though. :D

Vosgar
03-24-2013, 19:22
Garlic throws mine off, whether it's bourbon or even a good smokey, medicinal Scotch. Only made that mistake once

ChainWhip
03-24-2013, 19:40
Spicy foods will have the effect of making bourbons & scotches "hot" for me. Interestingly, spicy foods have little effect on my enjoyment of agave spirits.

Restaurant man
03-24-2013, 19:48
Spicy foods will have the effect of making bourbons & scotches "hot" for me. Interestingly, spicy foods have little effect on my enjoyment of agave spirits.

Isit the tequila or the lime juice that often accompanies it? Acidity cuts heat.

mosugoji64
03-24-2013, 22:06
Garlic and onions for me. I try to avoid them if I know I'll be imbibing later.

JPBoston
03-24-2013, 22:14
I find that eating goldfish crackers with my dram makes all bourbons basically taste the same. Weirdness.

VT Mike
03-24-2013, 22:21
Chocolate makes Bushmills 16yr Malt taste like cat pee to me.

Enoch
03-25-2013, 07:04
Chocolate makes Bushmills 16yr Malt taste like cat pee to me.

Really not sure what cat pee taste like. ; )

BrandTim
03-25-2013, 09:03
A few weeks ago I told the service staff at a restaurant where I consult to make sure anyone who orders the lobster bisque knows to finish their whiskey first ... that dish really messes with the whiskey palate.

There's a whole science to whiskey/food pairings. It's in its infancy compared to wine but I use culinary aids when I teach bourbon appreciation. Things like cheese, chocolate, oranges, dried berries ... each has a different effect.

Tim

squire
03-25-2013, 09:12
It does and it will but being a simple guy I eat and drink whatever I like.

smokinjoe
03-25-2013, 09:57
I also don't like hot/spicy foods with bourbon. Hoppy beers also funk out my bourbonatoring.

ChainWhip
03-25-2013, 10:18
Isit the tequila or the lime juice that often accompanies it? Acidity cuts heat.

I sip tequila neat so just straight up with spicy grub is good for me. Although, it goes without saying that margaritas & spicy Mexican food are great together.

scubadoo97
03-25-2013, 14:17
I just made some prepared horseradish yesterday and every pour of bourbon i tried yesterday tasted like cologne. NASTY!

Thank goodness they taste normal today

WAINWRIGHT
03-25-2013, 15:51
Balsamic Vinegar or any Vinaigrette will throw off your palette to no ends,it creates a highly acidic aftertaste that you just can't shake.

Variable
03-25-2013, 17:35
Chocolate makes Bushmills 16yr Malt taste like cat pee to me.

Really? I have been pairing chocolate with single malts for some time now. Good combination for me! Now I am curious and want to try it with some Irish whiskey!

ChainWhip
03-25-2013, 17:55
Now I am curious and want to try it with some Irish whiskey!

If only to finally satiate my curiosity of cat urine...

Borchard
03-25-2013, 20:31
A few weeks ago I told the service staff at a restaurant where I consult to make sure anyone who orders the lobster bisque knows to finish their whiskey first ... that dish really messes with the whiskey palate.

Tim
that explains it!

VT Mike
03-26-2013, 00:14
Really? I have been pairing chocolate with single malts for some time now. Good combination for me! Now I am curious and want to try it with some Irish whiskey!

I wasn't a big fan of Bushmills 16 yr malt in the first place (I like Blackbush, haven't tried 10 yr malt or 21 yr malt), and thought it had a mild cat pee note on its own, but a little chocolate really accentuated it.

Flyfish
03-28-2013, 15:29
It must be the power of suggestion, but for the last week or so every thing I eat tastes like bourbon to me. Not that I'm complaining even one tiny bit.