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  1. #11
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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Or a drop of iodine if you're making Scotch.
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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Or a drop of iodine if you're making Scotch.
    And a used band aid.

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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    If I want to recreate dusty bourbon should I use period furniture? Say an Eames chair?

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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Sure, why not, also dress up in your Dan Draper skinny tie.
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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Skinny ties are out?

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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    My concern is that you are altering the amount of contact the whiskey has with each part of the wood that normally makes up a barrel. All of the whiskey comes into contact with all of the charred layer of a barrel, but has less contact the deeper you go. Using mechanical force to push the whiskey in and out of the wood seems like it would increase the contact with the uncharred layers of wood.
    "Unless it survived a tornado, weathered a snow storm in Scotland, and then spent a year on boat before returning home, I'm not really interested."

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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Sure it will, and flush out undesirable tannins as well.
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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    A writer emailed me today to ask for my thoughts on "lightning aging." So I guess that's an acceptable, cool thing, now. Sigh.

    I see a glaring contradiction here: on the one hand, people love whiskey, and want to get into making whiskey, in part because of its image as a handmade, painstakingly crafted product. On the other hand, they want to get it to market as fast and cheaply as possible, and are willing to invent snake-oil "technologies" like this to do it. I understand the motivations behind each separately, but I don't see how you can embrace the latter while still holding true to the former. But I do see how it works: you invent new terms, like "lightning aging," to make it sound like what you're doing is still part of the handmade, craft tradition.

    And while I know there will always be snake-oil salesmen in any fast-growing industry, I'm worried that stories like this one, and the spread of seemingly legit terms like "lightning aging," means that a good segment of the market might well shift to accept such garbage, believing it's gourmet. Present company excluded, of course, but with the market adding millions of new whiskey drinkers every year, lightning agers can safely ignore us.

    You see the same thing in barely aged spirits, all this six-month-old "whiskey" popping up everywhere. What most folks on this site would consider "underaged" or "unfinished," a lot of hot-to-trot craft distillers and their propagandists are calling "fresh," "young," or whatever -- in essence trying to revise the standard whiskey palate to accept six-month whiskey as something other than what it is.

    And maybe I'm just sensitive to it, here in Brooklyn, where know-it-all 23-year-olds will tell you that they find straight whiskey too woody and overly oaked for them. But then again, for better or worse, these are also folks who have an inordinate impact on national trends.

    I fear for this country.

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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Fortunes were made off bathtub gin and the lesson has not been lost.
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    Re: Aging bourbon is seconds?

    Any kind of gin makes furniture chip infused root beer flavored malt liquor sound like a tasty treat.
    "Unless it survived a tornado, weathered a snow storm in Scotland, and then spent a year on boat before returning home, I'm not really interested."

 

 

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