I can't understand why the author say re-distilled whiskeys is a "outrageous" item. Also, I can't understand the sentence below.

You drink it, and as it melts with the alcohol, the whiskey ages!

My understanding is "when sorbet melts with the alcohol, the whiskey become old.", but that doesn't make sense.

You'll find outrageous items like a re-distilled whiskey, where they separate the old part of the whiskey that has a woody taste and use it to make a tea sorbet. You drink it, and as it melts with the alcohol, the whiskey ages! And 80 percent of their imaginative and potent house creations cost a lot less than at a highbrow cocktail bar.

source: https://www.timeout.com/barcelona/bars-and-pubs/pastrami-bar-el-paradiso


I view this as an example of rather impressionistic writing. English words are being used in unusual ways, in some cases drawing on technical meanings from the world of whisky appreciation.

I'm not completely sure what author means by outrageous, but from context I deduce that it's implying "unconventional, but very enjoyable." The phrase

so bad it's good

comes to mind. "Bad" in this case could be due to the very idea of re-distilling expensive whisky, or the resulting price of the sorbet, or simply that this is a surprising but welcome experience.

Initially I thought that the idea of re-distilling whisky would be a bad thing, but it does seem that some connoisseurs experiment with modifying whisky flavours in this way. The general effect seems to be that the volatile alcoholic portion of the whisky separates off giving a lighter flavour, with much of the original flavour left behind. It is that "left-behind", flavourful, portion that is being used to make the sorbet.

When one eats the sorbet, the melting reveals the old whisky flavour. The writer is using a metaphor of "aging" to describe that experience. Remember that whisky gains its flavour and colour from aging in oak barrels for a period of years.

Obviously the whisky portion of the sorbet is not aging as you eat it, however the flavours are revealed as the sorbet melts, the aging becomes apparent.

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