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  1. #11
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    Unimpressed with bourbon? Sounds like someone had a taste of rye!

  2. #12
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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

    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?
    Last edited by compliance; 01-26-2013 at 16:48.

  3. #13
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    I drink beer. Never really a conscious decision, my consumption just kind of ebbs and flows between the two.
    This is a sensible approach.
    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
    T. Durden

  4. #14
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    Quote Originally Posted by dementedavenger View Post
    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?
    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
    T. Durden

  5. #15
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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.
    Gary
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  6. #16
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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.
    "this hobby is supposed to be fun. When it stops being fun, check yourself, because you're doing it wrong." Charles Cowdery

  7. #17
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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.

  8. #18
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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.

  9. #19
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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    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.
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
    Larry Wachowski

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    Re: What do you do when you're in a bourbon rut?

    Quote Originally Posted by compliance View Post
    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.
    Jon

 

 

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