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  1. #11
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    Re: So you want to become a master distiller

    Quote Originally Posted by JMac72 View Post
    When you mention taste, does a distillery pre-plan what taste they want a product line to have then engineer the mashbill to suit?
    Generally speaking ... yes ... and there are TONS of ways to get there.

    However, sometimes the distillery aims at a marketing idea other than taste ... like WR Sonoma Cutrer finish ... I think this was much more of a marketing idea than a taste goal ... to give people the feel that WR is trendy, upscale ... etc.
    Dave

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    Re: So you want to become a master distiller

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Geek View Post
    Generally speaking ... yes ... and there are TONS of ways to get there.

    However, sometimes the distillery aims at a marketing idea other than taste ... like WR Sonoma Cutrer finish ... I think this was much more of a marketing idea than a taste goal ... to give people the feel that WR is trendy, upscale ... etc.
    I have seen those bottles around but have never tried them. I can't reconcile bourbon with a wine finish. I wonder how that marketing ploy worked for WR....

  3. #13
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    Re: So you want to become a master distiller

    Ask Beakerboy!!!

    He's the only guy I know right now on the Fast Track to Master Distiller.

    Two years ago he was training yeast to make plastic for a biotech company.

    Now he's hanging with Harlan in Frankfort.

    Do I sound jealous? That's cause I am!!!
    Colonel Ed
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    Comissioned by Paul Patton, 1999

    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

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    Re: So you want to become a master distiller

    Yeah, since Harlen's only about 30 years shy of retirement.

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    Re: So you want to become a master distiller

    In an industry that waits 23 years for product, 30 years is a nano second.

    The Fast Track may have been a little optimistic.

    I'm still jealous, since I'm back testing for viral markers and kidney function and he's in Frankfort.
    Colonel Ed
    Bourbonian of the Year 2006

    Comissioned by Paul Patton, 1999

    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

 

 

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