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    I Want A New Adjective(s)

    Here's a good story on Buffalo Trace (the distillery):

    http://forbesindia.com/article/recliner/the-making-of-$5000-bourbon/38633/1

    My only quibble: that "old reliable", citrus as a taste adjective, makes its predictable appearance.

    American Pale Ale is citrusy, Chardonnay is citrus-accented but you know so is a lot of sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio! So often gin is just plain "citrus", tequila is, well, citrus, and rum dark or white has, you know, an inevitable hint of citrus. It really does. Yes. I know it through reading a thousand and one descriptions of alcohol taste. Shucks, I'm sure I've used it myself a few times. Needless to add, not just Buffalo Trace, but almost all whiskey I read about is citrus too.

    Huey Lewis sang, "I want a new drug". Well, I want a new adjective(s). For liquor taste. Please. Any suggestions? (But if you dare say "smooth" I'll go into the next whiskey warehouse I see and let out a rebel yell).

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 09-18-2014 at 11:29.

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    From someone who relishes fancy adjectives, I usually try to break down just exactly what adjective I smell. So, instead of just citrus, I find pineapple in Wild Turkey 101, Citrus fruit salad in Elmer T. Lee, Orange peel in W.L. Weller 12, Bergamot in Evan Williams White Label and Lemon juice in EH Taylor SmB. Requires a little bit more thought, analysis and patience when smelling them but I think it really pays off when you find those notes. Of course it is all personal, so you may never even find them yourself personally!

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    Well, that's a more thoughtful approach to be sure, although bergamot is pretty fancy, no?

    But how do we get out the citrus-and-its-subsets box? Surely the world of drinks especially whiskey contains multitudes, to paraphrase old Walt.

    Gary

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    I associate Bergamot with that earl grey flavor, so not too fancy.

    Do you mean the other flavors like vanilla, baking spices, wood, fruit, etc...?

    I found this whiskey wheel to be of great help for writing notes when I started.

    http://www.whiskymag.com/media/nosin...ywheel-Big.jpg

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    How about beets?

    Last edited by clindt; 09-18-2014 at 14:05.

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    Sure, if the shoe fits.. And that flavor wheel has some great terms. If only the journalists would take notice ... but time to retire the old faithful, citrus.

    Gary

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    To replace in a single word? that's tough ... tartaric? (too sharp/rough) malic? (too puckering)

    I like Zillah's suggestion, just modify it or eliminate it by replacing what it reminds you of: lemony citrus or lemon, orange, green apple, etc. If you don't actually nose or taste the fruit, then just go with the acid, since it is an indication of strength/sharpness on the palate: tartaric > malic > citric ... something like that?
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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    What about trying a different, visual way of communicating taste? http://www.belleslettresandbourbon.c...C-E7AE6AE26186


    -Daisy

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    Re: I Want A New Adjective(s)

    Well, interesting approach.

    Gary

 

 

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