Cocktails & Spirits 2

Plastic bottle

redchile | Feb 24, 200808:51 AM

While still in the throes of what seems to be an endless winter, I continue to consume mostly brown liquors, bourbon and brandy predominately. With brown liquors in mind for purchase, I visited my local liquor emporium in a quest for Canadian whiskies.

I am a novice regarding Canadian whiskies, with my drinking experience limited to Canadian Club. Back in the day, when I was a little fella (1950's-1960's) Canadian Club was considered a somewhat upscale drink, at least in my surroundings. I have purchased a few bottles of the standard six year old blend in the last few years, and have found it to be a pleasant, unassuming drink.

Yesterday, next to the bottles of six year old Canadian Club was a Reserve, ten year old blend. The price was right, so I went to pick up a 1.75 liter bottle to put in my basket. As I picked it up, I realized it was a plastic bottle. Plastic!

I don't consider myself to be a whisky purist or elitist, but a plastic bottle for a 10 year old whisky labeled Reserve? I put the bottle back on the shelf. They lost my sale with the plastic bottle.

Am I alone on this, or does the plastic bottle turn off others too? When I think of a plastic bottle for liquor, I think of the big, inexpensive, generic vodkas found around the U.S., not a 10 year old whisky called "Reserve".

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