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    Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    Interesting... But the magic pill I want would be an after-the-fact pill... Not to eliminate the effects, just to turn 'em off if the need arose.
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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    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.

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoMobourbon View Post
    Yeah, this.

    The whole 'taste OR alcohol' dichotomy is a false one. Besides the extra pleasurable effect of alcohol on the brain, alcohol actually intensifies flavors (especially sweet ones). And, obviously, alcohol itself has a certain taste factor that contributes to the whole taste experience. The 'effect', then, is both pleasurable in itself and bound up with the taste. Maybe we wish we could drink more without getting too drunk, but it is naive to think that we would actually enjoy whiskey without alcohol just because we want to avoid getting too drunk. At best, it would be a radically different experience - not the same taste experience without the ethanol. (think non-alcoholic beer, like KyDram mentioned)
    ... or .. we could just start exploring the taste nuances of Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Barqs .. and the like! One hell of a lot cheaper!
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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    Or we could just have a drink of the real stuff.

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    Quote Originally Posted by mosugoji64 View Post
    Someone mentioned taking a magic pill to eliminate the effects. Well, there is such a pill: naltrexone hydrochloride. It's an opioid antagonist used to treat recovering alcoholics by blocking the euphoric effects of alcohol. I've thought for some time that it would be interesting to pop one of these before a night of drinking to determine if I would still enjoy the drinks. Anyone in good with a pharmacist? I'll volunteer to be the guinea pig. Then we could put this debate to rest.
    My understanding is that you still get intoxicated, you just don't enjoy it. But I could be wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by HighHorse View Post
    ... or .. we could just start exploring the taste nuances of Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Barqs .. and the like! One hell of a lot cheaper!
    If I want a flavor experience without booze there's always coffee. Although, like many things, coffee is better with booze, too...
    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.

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    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".
    Jon

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    Lunchtime, think I'll go make a cocktail. Something with a Bourbon theme, hmmm, perhaps Barton.

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    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.
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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    The closest thing would be to read the posts here.

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    Re: Do you ever wish bourbon did not contain ethanol?

    The closest thing to enjoying whiskey taste without any alcohol ingestion would be restricting oneself to nosing whiskeys without drinking them.
    That's like going to strip club and going home alone.

 

 

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