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Stu
04-28-2009, 12:28
The last night of the Sampler they started playing "toss the bottle" (and Cliff wasn't even there). I formed a one man "bottle rescue" committee. Dougdog said he was tired of carrying the same bottles back and forth for the last two or three years and to get rid of them. I've been taking correspondence lessons from Gary Gillman and thought I'd put them to use.

First there was a decanter of Pappy (SW) that had a broken cork. I put the cork back in and when I got home I transfered the contents to a sterile 375 with a screw on cap. I did not feel that whiskey needed any doctoring. If anyone wants the decanter let me know and I'll take it with me to KBF, if not I'll give it to my brother in law who collects decanters.

Next I blended some non-descript bourbons with some bourbons from my cabinet and came up with what I considered a good drink. I tried to duplicate the recipe but the result was slightly different. I think they're both good bourbons however.

Last night I had a pour of Old Fitz (SW) that everyone said was musty. I enjoyed it (does that mean I have no taste?) however after drinking the fine SW products at the gazebo I could detect a slight stale bread flavor on the pallet and the finish. Is that what they mean by musty? This morning I put it in a mason jar and added a slice of orange peel to freshen it up. I'll bottle it tonight or tomorrow. I really thought a lime peel would do better but I don't have any. I also considered using a fresh strawberry. I may in future bottlings.

There is maybe 1 or 2 oz of Old Overholt which I plan to add to the Mellow Corn (I may add some bourbon as well) and add some charred white oak strips and leave it in the garage until KBF (It's got to be better than my Wasmunds experiment).

This makes 4 bourbons and 1 blend (all in 375s) that I'll take to the gazebo and let the experts judge. I've got enough "makings" for at least 5 or 6 more 375s. Any that you folks don't like I'll bring home and give them to my neighbors when they come visit. It doesn't matter if you give them PVW 23 or Bourbon Supreme, they'll shoot it, wash it down with a cheap beer from an aluminum can and say "mmm thats good!". All except one who'll swig the beer first, then pour the shot into the can.

DeanSheen
04-28-2009, 13:22
So by the sounds of it you always keep two bottles out when your neighbors come around, one for you and one for them.

This pouring the shot into the can is a strange thing indeed.

wadewood
04-28-2009, 14:01
Doug has been picking up and storing the leftovers from the Samplers and KBF. He brought 3 boxes with about 36 bottles from past events.

Some of these bottles had made multiple appearances over the years. Randy & I decided it was time to retire some of these. Our Gazebo table was overflowing with great bourbons. So, I sat aside on rail about 8-9 bottles of stuff I thought were musty, slight off or just not that good (I am fair, I put a bottle of Virgina Gentleman I brought on this rail). Several tasted some of these and few were moved back to main table.

Stu - if you can mold and mend and Gilmanize these back to something good, more power to you.

Stu
04-28-2009, 20:48
I just removed the orange peel. The stale bread is gone, replaced by a pleasant citrus flavor. Another 375 to bottle!

Stu
04-28-2009, 20:50
Doug has been picking up and storing the leftovers from the Samplers and KBF. He brought 3 boxes with about 36 bottles from past events.

Some of these bottles had made multiple appearances over the years. Randy & I decided it was time to retire some of these. Our Gazebo table was overflowing with great bourbons. So, I sat aside on rail about 8-9 bottles of stuff I thought were musty, slight off or just not that good (I am fair, I put a bottle of Virgina Gentleman I brought on this rail). Several tasted some of these and few were moved back to main table.

Stu - if you can mold and mend and Gilmanize these back to something good, more power to you.

Wade, I guess someone liked your VA Gentleman - it didn't make it to the scruff box. Several people took a bottle for their own use, which I'm sure no one minds.

luv2hunt
04-29-2009, 20:11
Stu - if you can mold and mend and Gilmanize these back to something good, more power to you.

And I'll add.....enjoy it, don't bring it back to us! :slappin:

Stu
06-22-2009, 13:40
Sorry Dawn,

There are 6 bottles of straight bourbon, 1 bottle of Tennessee whiskey (2 different Dickels), 3 bottles of blended whiskey, and a partial bottle of Bernheims wheat that will make it back to the gazebo. If they are not well received, it'll be their last trip. None of them will be recognizable however (except the Bernheim's - I don't like straight wheat whiskey so I didn't see any thing wrong with it). I think they're pretty good, but it's been said that I have no taste.

To be fair, when Hans gets here, I'll have him sit on my back deck and try them. Any that he says shouldn't go to the gazebo will remain here. Even if you don't like my "gilmanizing", I've got them in some cute 375s. Hans, if you read this don't worry, the rest of my bar will still be open to cleanse your pallet.

pepcycle
06-29-2009, 08:47
IF the Old Commonwealth Irish Decanter is available, I'd like it back, empty or otherwise.