I wouldn't drink socially without the effect of alcohol, but I would like to learn and experiment without it.
I've definitely thought it would be advantageous for an alcoholic beverage (with no change to the sensory experience) to magically not have any alcoholic effects. I often do beer, wine and spirits tasting evenings (not at the same time of course) with friends and would prefer to be just as "fresh" on the last beer/wine/bourbon tasting as I was on the first.
Having said that, once I'm done tasting, I want a big tasty pour of something that will have an effect. I want it both ways. Don't quote me on that.
Or we could just have a drink of the real stuff.
And root beer. Love me some root beer. Not enough to keep a spreadsheet with tasting notes, though.
Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.
What a hoot! This has been one entertaining thread. Ray .. did you have any idea you would start this with a simple false dilemma? Hell, up until this thread I didn't even know what some of these terms were. Thank you, Col. Crotchety, for lighting the fuse! (And, Squire as usual, for fanning the flame
BTW .. echoing a post a few back ... reference your OP .. I agree .. it's "No".
Lunchtime, think I'll go make a cocktail. Something with a Bourbon theme, hmmm, perhaps Barton.
Something suddenly occurs to me.
The closest thing to enjoying whiskey taste without any alcohol ingestion would be restricting oneself to nosing whiskeys without drinking them. Very much less than an ideal solution from where I'm sitting, but there it is.
“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
The closest thing would be to read the posts here.
That's like going to strip club and going home alone.The closest thing to enjoying whiskey taste without any alcohol ingestion would be restricting oneself to nosing whiskeys without drinking them.