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    How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    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.

    Thanks,
    Will

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    Let it air out in the glass for a while and see if that helps.

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    In these situations I add one teaspoon of water to a drink of whiskey. By "drink of whiskey" I mean 40-45 ml of whiskey.

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    I agree. Also, swirling the spirit continually for some minutes (another form of aeration), often works wonders.

    Otherwise, buy any regular rye whiskey out there and mix 3:1 bourbon to rye.

    You will have an instant classic.

    Gary

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    Serve it to 'friends' who pop over for a drop or two..

    And, (as are my favourite options..) marinate steak in it, or drown it in coke

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    marinate steak in it
    Hmm, not a bad idea. My wife is a chef, and has carefully trained me to not use anything in cooking that I wouldn't drink straight (usually in reference to wine, but she seems to apply it to all spirits that can be used in the kitchen).

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    Don't struggle with it.
    Seal firmly and forward to the Brisket Plug Institute for Retired and Lame Whiskey. (BPIFRLW for short)
    We treat every whiskey with respect and care for it until its time has come.
    At that time, we thoroughly filter through glomerular tissue and deposit for recycling back into the water table.

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    Well, the only rye whiskey available here is Jim Beam rye. I've heard bad things. Is it still worth getting to try and mix with the VSOF?

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    People have different feelings about Jim Beam Rye. Personally I am not a fan. (It needs more age, in my view). I think the best thing to do with a bottle of indifferent bourbon is to use it for mixed drinks. Most mixed drinks taste good with any whiskey, especially Manhattans and bourbon and coke.

    Gary

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    Re: How do I drink \"undrinkable\" whiskey?

    I gotta admit, I bought a bottle of Rebel Yell the other day after reading it was the daily pour for several people on this site. I did not even make it through 1/2 a glass.

    Fortunatley my wife likes bourbon and 7-Up

 

 

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