Does it matter that us bourbon drinkers never find the 'perfect' bourbon?
Of course not. For one thing, what is perfect to our taste, mood, physical status, prior eats and drinks, and general ill temper will change almost from hour to hour. So.............there is and never will be a 'perfect' bourbon, and choosing a favorite should always be considered a temporary distraction from the real bourbon drinkers' task............finding the 'perfect' bourbon.
But wait, you say, you just said there is no such thing as a 'perfect bourbon'. But that, my friends is a trivial point. It follows illogically that because there is no 'perfect' bourbon, the pursuit of such an animal is futile. We have left the world of logic for one of much more interesting stuff.
Unlike mountain climbers, who say they climb such and such moutain because it is there, we pursue the 'perfect' bourbon (at least in part) because it is not there. Yet, our palates cry out for it, illusive as it is. True, this pursuit is not for everyone and who is to judge as to just who is the most deprived.......the man or woman who likes a particular bourbon and sticks to it (or a handfull of others), or the man or woman who seems to need yet another bourbon to sip in hopes of a new and exciting experience.
An Aside: As to those truly moderate folks who are not in pursuit of anything more than a nice sip to suit this day.............well, fie on them! They are grownups and there are so few of them that they just don't matter. Human Beings can never give up the idea of perfection, irrespective of its achievability. If you believe otherwise, you are not paying attention.
So us bourbon drinkers are in plentiful company (religion, sports, the arts, those loathsome political talking heads all come to mind). But, worse is yet to come............most of us want to be the first to find perfection, which in and of itself means it will elude us completely.
Still, the truth is no real barrier here and neither is selfishness. Were my pursuit of the 'perfect' bourbon unselfish, would I be here, now, going on incoherently about it? Not lucking fikely!
The answer (surely you knew I was going to offer one) is not to give up pursuing the 'perfect' bourbon, but to narrow the time frame in which 'perfection' is to be measured.
I just had a 'perfect' bourbon a few moments ago. It was a vatting of 1 part Maker's Mark 90 proof, 1 part Weller Antique 7 YO 107 proof, and 3 parts Elmer T Lee 90 proof bourbons. This bourbon is 'perfect' for me at this moment (there are no moments aside from this one happening now) because I am in charge of what constitutes 'perfection' and because it takes these three bourbons and improves on the weaknesses of each. The Maker's has no depth and no finish. the Weller is slightly too hot with alcohol, and the Elmer T Lee has a weak opening. Mixed together they fit my description of 'perfect'.............for now, all that is necessary!
'Perfection' is fleeting, is possible (but may have to be constructed), and is attainable. Long live the perfection of now!
Last edited by Mike
on Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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