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TNbourbon
08-06-2005, 21:24
I have a confession to make -- earlier this evening, I poured Stagg (Spring '05) into an equal part diet cola (not even Coke or Pepsi, but Kroger's 'Big K' brand) http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif. I blame Gary Gillman. That, and the fact that I had just been reading, on another forum, about how rum might be the only thing to improve Ardbeg 10yo. It got me to thinking -- a dangerous pastime.
Here's the worst part -- I liked it! No, I'm not going to make the rest of my 17 bottles (I wouldn't have done it if I'd had only 1 -- really!) of George T. Stagg into mixers. But, well -- I liked it!
Then I added a few drops of Quinta do Vesuvio 1990 vintage port to some 2004 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (Which was the greater sin? The Vesuvio is a $60-$70 bottle!) I think I created something akin to dark rum. I liked it, too! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif
(I know -- I'm so shallow.)
Surely, I can't be the only one: Let's hear it -- what is your worst bourbon sin? (At least it wasn't Pappy 23! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif)

luv2hunt
08-06-2005, 21:35
OMG.....TNBOURBONSTEIN!

dgonano
08-06-2005, 22:58
Tim,

It sounds like your losing control.

My greatest bourbon sin is just too many unopened bottles.

I think I know my penance... 3 Hail Mary's and be generous

to my fellow board members next month in KY.

BourbonJoe
08-07-2005, 03:54
Tim,
You not only committed a sin, but a mortal sin. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/hot.gif One that you cannot be forgiven unless you undo your wicked mixing practices. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif
Joe

kbuzbee
08-07-2005, 05:47
Which was the greater sin? The Vesuvio is a $60-$70 bottle!) I think I created something akin to dark rum. I liked it, too! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif (I know -- I'm so shallow.) Surely, I can't be the only one: Let's hear it -- what is your worst bourbon sin? (At least it wasn't Pappy 23! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif)



I don't see any sin here Tim. The most I ever do to my bourbon is add a little water and ice (for sitting out on the deck summer afternoons) BUT whatever you enjoy drinking is what you enjoy. I think you show great courage and imagination!! All hail the explorers, inventors and artists amoung us!!!

The sin here is mine... envy of those 17 bottles of GTS. I've never even seen one.....

Cheers,

Ken

Barrel_Proof
08-07-2005, 07:15
Tim,

It sounds like you're losing control.



Fortunately, many of us can say that we knew the real Tim, long before he suffered that meltdown of sensibility in August '05.

jbutler
08-07-2005, 07:32
Honestly Tim, the only sin I see here is the amount of money you spent on that port. Port's some foul shit man. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

OK, joking aside, why not make mixed drinks with your best liquor? If you choose to make a mixed drink, why not have the best?

I use bourbon as a flavoring agent in the kitchen on a regular basis. I keep a bottle of 2003 Stagg and a bottle of Booker's in the kitchen cabinet, and I wouldn't use lesser (or weaker) bourbons in my food.

Keep the bottle of Old Warthog for your guests who wouldnt know the difference; drink the good stuff yourself ... any way you'd like.

squire
08-07-2005, 10:01
The only real sin would be keeping the stuff cooped up in a bottle.

Regards,
Squire

cowdery
08-07-2005, 10:20
Bingo. Jim hit the answer squarely on the head. No matter what you are doing or making, use the best ingredients you can. Stated that way, the logic seems unassailable.

bobbyc
08-07-2005, 10:52
The sin here is mine... envy of those 17 bottles of GTS. I've never even seen one.....



Here you go , man!

bobbyc
08-07-2005, 11:22
You haven't been using the search function again , have you Tim? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

Mixers and Fine Bourbon (http://www.straightbourbon.comhttp://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/194/page//vc/1)

TNbourbon
08-07-2005, 12:10
Honestly Tim, the only sin I see here is the amount of money you spent on that port...


I didn't say I spent that much, Jim! I said it is worth that much -- I bought three of them for about $100 8-10 years ago, so I finally decided recently to enjoy one of them at half-price.http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

Bobby, are those just the '02s? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bigeyes.gif

Cliff, who said I EVER had any sensibilities?

You folks missed the last part (or are deliberately ignoring it while enjoying the perverse pleasure of needling li'l ol' mehttp://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cry.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif) of my post -- what heresy http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/ohgeez.gif have YOU committed?

bobbyc
08-07-2005, 13:27
Bobby, are those just the '02s?



At least the front row is. I believe that they all were, I need to slow down on getting rid of them however, I sold one, and gave one away,traded one. I often run out of things to do but I really have no idea how many I have at present, well I have an idea, just not an exact count. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

kbuzbee
08-07-2005, 13:41
Here you go , man!



Dude!

(Somehow less satisfying than I'd hoped http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Cheers

Ken

boone
08-07-2005, 16:39
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/893drillsergeant-thumb.gif Awwwwwww Nawwwwwwww http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/893drillsergeant-thumb.gif

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/pope.gif Bless me Father, for I have sinned it's...been...been...been (loosens collar) April since I've opened a bottle in my bunker http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/skep.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Jim, Cliff, Bobby, and Jeff made me do it http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/70358-devil.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/horseshit.gif...

and to confess even more...

I ain't gonna open the majority of em http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I am more of a collector of my Bourbon Heritage http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif They will be passed down to my children along with my entire collection of family distilling documents, pictues, books and collection of Bourbon http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Bettye Jo

bobbyc
08-07-2005, 16:45
They will be passed down to my children along with my entire collection of family distilling documents, pictues, books, and collection of Bourbon



As they should be, but I'm not alone in hoping that it will be a very long time before the children claim their inheritance! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

ratcheer
08-07-2005, 18:35
It is documented somewhere on this site that I once mixed Wild Turkey Kentucky Spitit with something (I think it was a small amount of cognac). I do remember that the result was damned good.

Tim

CrispyCritter
08-07-2005, 19:44
Here you go , man!



(picture omitted)

*drool* http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif

gr8erdane
08-07-2005, 22:53
My greatest bourbon sin was not to double check my tailgate last year on the way to Bourbon Fest. Allowing that cooler with its S/W contents to escape into the cold cruel world unguarded and unprotected was definitely a sin.

And then (yes Dawn) there's Dr. Bourbonstein.....

MurphyDawg
08-08-2005, 02:00
Two greatest bourbon sins: the occasional mixing of good bourbon with Sprite to make a concoction not unlike a really good ginger ale. And secondly giving three of my best bottles of bourbon away to someone who would not appreciate them in a haste when moving. .


Ah well, live and learn.

TomC

pepcycle
08-08-2005, 20:39
One evening I Poured about 5 fingers of AAA 10. It was one of those nights when it just wouldn't go down right. I sipped and tried. No use. I walked back to the bar and carefully redeposited the remaining 4 fingers into my Gold Medallion Rock Hill Farms. Now, If I were Gillman, there might be a revelation in this story, but I'm a devout anti-vatter. At that moment, I realized how Van Gogh could cut off his own ear.
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CrispyCritter
08-08-2005, 21:16
Even though I haven't really been a cocktail drinker since I got into whiskey, I'd still think that "better booze makes better cocktails" would be a good rule of thumb.

Drifting off-topic a bit, I remember once ordering a generic gin and tonic, and then having a Tanqueray and tonic. I could definitely taste the difference - the T&T was light-years better. That being said, I'm sure there are better gins than Tanqueray around, as well, but I'm firmly in the "whiskey, neat" camp now.

Chaz7
08-09-2005, 12:02
Have you ever given a bottle of really good bourbon (or scotch for that matter) to client or a friend only to have it re-gifted to their just turned 21 son for his party? It ends up in the "punch",on the floor, mixed with who knows,and finally it's "returned" on their living room carpet by "Tommy Twenty Shot".http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif
Now that's a sin!

ratcheer
08-09-2005, 14:32
Tanqueray is pretty much as good as any. Although I'm partial to Beefeater's and Bombay.

Tim

kbuzbee
08-09-2005, 14:45
Tanqueray is pretty much as good as any. Although I'm partial to Beefeater's and Bombay.



I wound up liking Tanqueray 10 best of the 4-5 I've tried. Clean with a nice flavor.

Has anyone tried Anchor's Junipero??? It sounds pretty good!

Cheers,

Ken

barturtle
08-09-2005, 15:04
Yes I have tried Junipero, and it was excellent. But the trips to get it make it impractical for me(Chicago from Louisville). My other favs are Boodle's and Plymouth. I usually use them in a martini (Up! with a twist, please)
Timothy

BrbnBorderline
08-09-2005, 16:12
My greatest bourbon sin was trying Booker's on ice. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif
From now on - neat!

YMMV

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CrispyCritter
08-09-2005, 19:09
Interesting. I found Knob Creek on ice to be rather sickly-tasting, yet quite good when neat.

I've quit icing my whisk(e)y, although a splash of water sometimes is a good thing.

Tallica
08-11-2005, 00:02
My biggest sin is having to many great bottles still unopened,amongst these Pappy 20 yr Lawrenceburg & Pappy 23 yr plus a host of others, although I have been rectifying this recently, inspired by many threads on Straight Bourbon.

Chaz7
08-11-2005, 14:24
My biggest sin is having to many great bottles still unopened,amongst these Pappy 20 yr Lawrenceburg & Pappy 23 yr plus a host of others, although I have been rectifying this recently, inspired by many threads on Straight Bourbon.

Well, I don't want to sound morbid, but suppose you were hit by an errant kangaroo,or your tongue was attacked by a vicious koala and you lost your sense of taste. Everyday those bottles would haunt you...

Rughi
08-11-2005, 18:15
Tallica,
I don't think you should use "Pappy" and "rectify" in the same post. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Roger - With luck, what I did in my youth won't haunt me ever after - Hodges

angelshare
08-11-2005, 19:41
Surely, I can't be the only one: Let's hear it -- what is your worst bourbon sin? (At least it wasn't Pappy 23! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif)



I recall a night in 1996 when two friends and I, after a highly stressfull day at work, killed with reckless abandon a bottle of EWSB 1986. At the time, Tina & I were bourbon enthusiasts but really had no appreciation for the limited availability of certain bottlings. It was more ignorance than sin, I suppose - not really pearls before swine, but with no sense of limited quantity, we drank without consideration of future availability.

Then again, there was a freedom to enjoy entirely in the moment that we lost with further bourbon education. So, as posted earlier, maybe we are sinning by putting limited whiskey back for special occasions and fretting over whether it's the right time to break it out.

As for mixing...not our thing for the most part, but if you're as thoughtful as Tim (and Gary) about it, that's no sin, that's reverence.

Gillman
08-12-2005, 00:09
In addition to the Gazebo items listed earlier, I have now finalized and bottled a "Gazebo blend" I will bring. This is a combination of about 25 or more bourbons and straight ryes. I have "married" the blend with a dose of Rock and Rye, just enought to be noticeable and lend a faint sweetness. Really the drink is a kind of Old-Fashioned but I like it neat. It will please many I think since it will be tasted after dinner for most people and its heavy body and complex smooth palate will appeal I think at that hour. I bottled it in a handsome sturdy round bottle that used to hold Norwegian Linie Acquavit, now some 20 years old. It is full and will further mature and "meld" between now and the event. I will get a label for it and identify it as Gillman's Reserve Gazebo Blend, specially bottled for straightbourbon.com's gathering in Bardstown, KY. in 2005. Hope you you will be there, Dave (and Tina), to taste it.

Gary