I opened a bottle of Chateau Leberon 1987 Armagnac for a guest tonight. The first thing that hit me was the distinct TCA smell.
I am wondering if anyone else has had similar problems with wine based spirits and spirits under cork
Anything sealed in cork or aged in an oak vessel can be infected with TCA. It's less common with non-cork sealed products, but I have encountered it with spirits (usually due to a TCA infected stopper) and with screw cap bottles.
I had a corked bottle of tequila that was the worst example of cork taint I have ever experienced.
I've had corked vodka, mezcal, Cognac, and gin! The higher abv of spirits seems to really make it sing. I've also had corked apples...
I have a bottle of horribly corked Buffalo Trace. I keep it for staff training because it's so bad.
And baby carrots! I can’t eat them anymore, always corked
I'm going to come by for a musty manhattan or perhaps a boulevardier bouchonné.
Mixed nuts from Costco always have some TCA hidden between the peanuts and pecans.
Suits you sir! As requested, the finest corked bourbon.
I had a corked bottle of gin once. Really weird. If your rep doesn’t need it back for a credit, saving it for staff training is an excellent idea (Van de Reep). You could also pull it out if you feel like any of your sales people are a bit fuzzy on how to distinguish TCA—diplomatically, of course! Act like it is YOU that needs the refresher.