Well, I feel really guilty... I recently received a bottle of Very Special Old Fitzgerald as a gift from my wife, because she knows I like hard-to-find bourbons. I just cracked it open and am halfway through my first pour, and I have to say that I can't taste anything except for a very astringent alcohol burn. This whiskey is neither smooth nor flavourful, so I'm not quite sure what I should do with it. I guess I can try to let the bottle grow on me, but this is without a doubt the worst bourbon I've ever tasted (although my experience is somewhat limited). Both the Weller Special Reserve and the Eagle Rare 10yr that she got for me, while much less expensive, are (in my humble opinion) better than the VSOF.
Does anyone have any tips on how I might be able to choke this down? I don't want to hurt my wife's feelings. Should I mix with coke? With ginger ale? I don't usually like to mix when there are so many fine bourbons that are sippable.