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How can you smell the flavor of a whiskey without the alcohol?

Discussion in 'The Humidor' started by KnotRight, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. KnotRight

    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Learned this at a scotch tasting.

    How can you smell the flavor in a whiskey and not the alcohol? Put a couple drops on the whiskey on the palms of your hand and rub your palms together until you feel the heat. Then smell your palms and you can smell the flavor without the alcohol.
     
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  2. kcult

    kcult Alcohol fueled dumbass Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Smell the flavor, huh?
     
  3. KnotRight

    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    kcult, I not sure if it works with other things!
     
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    LeeMajors Bionic Man Staff Member Charter Member Life Member

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    PRICELESS
     
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    BBD280 God, Guns, and Guts Supporting Member

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    That's the way I was taught to test moonshine..... rub a little between your fingers and if it smells sweet you're good to go. If it smells like rubbing alcohol, leave it alone. What you're smelling is methanol.

    Methanol and ethanol cook off at different temps, the methanol slightly lower. If the person distilling your likker brings the mash up to temp too fast they cook off together and can't be separated.

    The methanol is poisonous and is what gives people the killer headaches and can cause blindness. Be careful who you get shine from.
     
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  6. Millie

    Millie Pumpkin Eater Supporting Member

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    Going to try that next time I run across some! Thanks! lol.
     
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    BBD280 God, Guns, and Guts Supporting Member

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    Go back and read what I added and it'll explain the reasoning behind it. Bad shine can be dangerous.
     
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    Millie Pumpkin Eater Supporting Member

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    Then I only need to find the good stuff.....lol.
     
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    BatteryOaksBilly A SHOOTER Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    @gunbelt does this a lot.
     
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    LeeMajors Bionic Man Staff Member Charter Member Life Member

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    In the liquor the methanol will have a slightly oily feel as opposed to ethanol
     
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    Miss Lily Moderator-Mom-Instructor Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Thanks guys!

    I have approached whiskey tastings in the same way as wine tastings. Should have realized distilling process might change alchohal properties.
     
  12. KnotRight

    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    By the end of the night, I want to know how many have tried it?

    NOT YOU kcult!
     
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    fieldgrade Well-Known Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I can’t try it tonight. I only have tax paid scotch in the house. I drank a short glass of it after 5pm, after eating a piece of cinnamon coffee cake (because it was just sitting there on the counter)

    I think I should barf now, because I feel gross.
     
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  14. kcult

    kcult Alcohol fueled dumbass Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I'm sipping on some Woodford Reserve. I'm not about to pull a Mr Miyagi with it.

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    Crazy Carl seriously? Life Member

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    Just checked & am marked safe from bad shine.
     
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    kcult Alcohol fueled dumbass Charter Member Supporting Member

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    It's apparent I need a shine dealer already.
     
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    Millie Pumpkin Eater Supporting Member

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    Me too! Soon!
     
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    Crazy Carl seriously? Life Member

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    I was so sad when my buddy who made the strawberry you tried moved to FL.
     
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    Millie Pumpkin Eater Supporting Member

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    Good stuff! Does he ship? LOL.
     
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    Crazy Carl seriously? Life Member

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    I wish. His ~120 apple was divine, but his corn packed a 160+ velvet gloved sucker punch if you weren't paying attention.
     
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    kcult Alcohol fueled dumbass Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I'm never paying attention.
     
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    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I just tried this. I smelled mushrooms, shame, tuna and a hint of landfill cured cinnamon.

    Was I supposed to wash my hands before trying this?
     
  23. Hammer21b

    Hammer21b I'm you're Huckleberry

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    His hands will smell like underwear! Or something. Jus sayin...
     
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    Jeppo Ginormous Member Staff Member Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    No, once a month is plenty. ;)
     
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    fieldgrade Well-Known Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Sounds like the bottom shelf scotch I drank through the recession.
     
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    Brangus Administrator Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I once smelled that same combination while eating some BBQ at a friend's annual event several years ago.
    That odor appeared to be emanating from a Five Ton...….
    I simply didn't know what to think of it back then...…...I think I just connected the dots.
     
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