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  1. #11
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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Had a 3 way SBS last week all 100p or below and there was a stark difference between them throughout. I have also been in a similar situation well above 100p and the first sip of #1 roasted my palate and masked everything after. I now try to stay sub 110p and prefer 100-90 for this very reason.

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Isn't this the reason why some distillers/tasters proof down the whiskey to 40 to select barrels?

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Quote Originally Posted by OutlawSW View Post
    Isn't this the reason why some distillers/tasters proof down the whiskey to 40 to select barrels?
    Yes but at 40 proof I lose all the wonderful complex flavors. But I'm not sampling whiskey all day

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Over what sort of time period of sipping do you suppose?

    I personally enjoy a very slow contemplative sipping session.
    My palate does also seem to numb up in relation to the amount of alcohol consumed.
    although I feel like I can discern some flavor notes through even a dense drink glow.

    I like squire's epithet: "drink the good stuff first."

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    I cant see sipping whiskey at 110, 120 or 130 proof and it not numbing or desensitizing your taste buds.
    Personally I drop the proof down to 80 or less, that is where my comfort zone is and where my taste buds like it.

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    If I am going to drink different pours in the same sitting, I always start with lower proofs first. I believe that the number of drinks and strength does affect taste. Drinking higher proof pours first often makes lower proof pours taste watered down.

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotch Neat View Post
    I cant see sipping whiskey at 110, 120 or 130 proof and it not numbing or desensitizing your taste buds.
    Personally I drop the proof down to 80 or less, that is where my comfort zone is and where my taste buds like it.
    Makes me feel not so lame and maybe I'm learning my tastes. only 6 months in I still add a few milliliters of water to my 2 nightly pours. I find it lets me taste better and honestly even higher proofs get better aromatics and tastes with just 1 ml of water. And my first scotch was an eye opener tonight...a peated Islay whew. Different but I can see im thinking of tasting more.

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    Re: Can You Really Taste Bourbon After One Drink?

    Good point about the proof reduction in the tasting panels at distilleries.

    On the time factor, I'd say anything within a half hour. Longer than that, the natural taste sensitivity comes back. But it may also depend on the proofs tasted as mentioned and the "order" chosen.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 07-16-2014 at 05:08.

 

 

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