Rixel: Subby said Whiskey not whisky. Philistyne!
Oznog: I recall reading about the furor over winemakers "cheating" by aging with wood chips instead of wooden BARRELS. Due to the vastly increased surface area, it achieves a similar product in weeks instead of years. The EU strictly outlawed this practice, up until 2006. The French have been denouncing it ever since.The process of aging is not magic, a materially identical effect can generally be had from science. But it's not always simple- oxygenation affects the flavor through oxidation, for example, but carefully pumping oxygen can achieve the same results much faster. Any particular component is just a chemical, and you could probably produce it in gallons in a short time if you understood its nature. Neither one radiates out magic time radiation.If I were doing it, honestly, for full process control you'd want the different flavor components identified, made independently by whatever technology maximizes them with a measurable process control, and blend them to produce an ideal product with absolute consistency. Far more cost-effective, you get exactly what you're looking for without endless trial-and-error, and you can reproduce what you did over and over.
alienated: I can get where you are coming from, and I am not a luddite by any means, but whisky is best made from an artistic / alchemist standpoint, imho. Heart and soul, not a sliderule. Can you dig it ?
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: alienated: I can get where you are coming from, and I am not a luddite by any means, but whisky is best made from an artistic / alchemist standpoint, imho. Heart and soul, not a sliderule. Can you dig it ?Agreed. Making McWhiskey would be...wrong somehow.There's a psychological aspect to knowing that the product you're enjoying took effort and passion, and was made the hard way, that improves the enjoyment.Of course, you could probably bottle the neurotransmitters that produce that emotion too. Okay, maybe I am turning into a Luddite.
Cozret: alienated: I can get where you are coming from, and I am not a luddite by any means, but whisky is best made from an artistic / alchemist standpoint, imho. Heart and soul, not a sliderule. Can you dig it ?Ah, so, you're not a luddite, just a religious kook.
Coming on a Bicycle: Whiskey is oak-tea made out of the residue of beer. Sorry, I'll stick to port.
omeganuepsilon: Coming on a Bicycle: Whiskey is oak-tea made out of the residue of beer. Sorry, I'll stick to port.This. Most whiskeys taste the way cleaning rotting leaves out of a rain gutter smells(and tastes if you get an unfortunate splash), but with an alcohol burn.
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Oznog: [newsgrift.com image 325x150]You want a 10 year old whiskey in 10 hours?I can get you a 10 year old whiskey in 10 hours, believe me.There are ways, Dude.You don't wanna know about it, believe me.Hell, I can get you a 10 year old whiskey by 3 o'clock this afternoon... WITH a matching gift set! These farking amateurs...
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Honest Bender: And in the process, you turn this:
BigBooper: Honest Bender: And in the process, you turn this:The first lab produced diamonds were nothing like natural diamonds. Now, diamonds can be produced that are completely indistinguishable from natural ones. They are exactly the same down to the sub-atomic level.If I have two whiskeys that are chemically identical, then why does it matter how that whiskey was made? Yes, one has been aged in a flask for twenty years, and one was made in a factory in a matter of days to mimic that process. But if the factory process has been perfected so that the two liquids are exactly the same, then why should I pay much more for the whiskey that took longer to produce? You can talk about real vs. fake, and art vs. mass production, but if you, me, and nobody else can tell the difference in a blind taste test, than I say bring me the cheap booze!
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