Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 9 of 12 FirstFirst ... 7891011 ... LastLast
Results 81 to 90 of 120
  1. #81
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,186

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    I did mention this, the tun is wood and therefore further aging occurs via e.g. the pores in the wood, evaporation, etc. I believe nothing comparable takes place in a sealed bottle although I know some people feel changes occur, and perhaps they do, it's hard really to know.

    Gary

  2. #82
    Guru
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    PacNW
    Posts
    2,336
    Given the ages of those barrels it doesn't seem to make much sense to age them for the few months before bottling.

    Unless aging the vatted contents together contributes to a better "marriage" of the barrels?
    ¡Geaux Tigers! - ¡Visca el Barça!

    "Really though, my hands are sore. The tool was doing it's thing with a flex hose." -Barrel_Proof

  3. #83
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Glendale, AZ
    Posts
    534

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Right now I've got a vatting of 60% OWA and 40% BT. This particular OWA was a little rough-edged, thin and with a brett-like element in the aftertaste, the BT was better but a little spirity. The combination is softer and more complex than either. I added a touch of water too to bring it down just a bit.

    Gary
    I've been skimming this thread just to see if anybody has tried this yet. The chewy sweetness of OWA mixed with BT's leathery rye spice must be pretty interesting! Gotta give this a shot sometime.

  4. #84
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    1,317

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    Another bourbon and rye vatting, and one that I'm quite pleased with: Rittenhouse BiB with just a splash or so of Knob Creek Single Barrel. The older, higher proof KC lends a great deal of depth to the rye, which, while I like it fine as is, does come across a bit young at times. The various KCSBs I've tried seem to consistently have more barrel influence than the standard KC and this one is no different; it's this aspect that seems to play so well with the Rittenhouse.

    Also, counterintuitively, the addition of bourbon to the Ritt rye doesn't make it more bourbon-like (many have noted that Ritt is rather bourbon-like already) but actually brings the rye characteristics to the fore.

    I'm looking forward to trying this in slightly different ratios, but all in all, it's a combo that I'll be repeating.
    Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.

  5. #85
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,186

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    Good points and the one that adding bourbon to rye doesn't necessarily make it taste less rye-like, reminds me of something Chuck once said, that adding more rye in the mash to rye whiskey doesn't necessarily increase the rye taste because it is so prominent already. So same thing here, e.g. 1/3rd bourbon and 2/3 rds a rye-forward drink like Ritt Bond will still have a good rye taste. Of course if you did 9:1 bourbon to rye, that's different since the rye will be counteracted by the overall higher corn content post-mingling, but you will still taste extra rye I think, because again a little goes a long way. It's essentially like boosting the rye small grains in the bourbon, at least if both are roughly the same age (is how I look at it).

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 09-10-2012 at 09:28.

  6. #86
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    Just skimmed the thread but I didn't see anyone mentioning WTRB and FRSB. I once mixed this in a 2 to 1 ratio. I thought it was quite good.

  7. #87
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    4,512

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    I was just fooling around a bit the other night when I vatted some KC and TW Samuels BIB. Approximately a 1:1 ratio. I really wasn't expecting much, so the results actually surprised me. Gone was the preverbal Beam "off/yeasty" taste, and the slightly bitter/woody flavor in the Samuels seemed to disappear as well. Not too bad at all.
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

  8. #88
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,186

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    This is my experience, that the funky yeast taste of Beam, which is noticeable in KC despite the age and proof, disappears and somehow transforms egregious flavors in less expensive bourbons such as too much bitter or dusty wood (FC?), or too much corn oil. And vice versa I guess.

    It's quite remarkable how it works, but it does, IMO.

    Adding a third bourbon, e.g. any FR such as Brad mentioned, or a straight rye, can make the vatting even better. Same thing with Jack Daniels SB.

    But then it isn't a double-barreled gun anymore.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 11-19-2012 at 17:53.

  9. #89
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Posts
    810

    Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    Not successful at all, Woodford and Weller 12 1 to 1. Flat awful! I thought the sweet oaky flavor would spruce up the WR little but just came out as oaky alcohol.


    Mike

  10. #90
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,186

    Re: Successful Two Bourbon Vattings

    I would try much less WR, maybe 1:3 or 1:4. The Woodford would lend rye and pot still notes to the relatively bland but aged wheater, and the latter would give some further age to the WR, which could stand it IMO.

    Gary

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. 4-grain vattings
    By Mamba in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2008, 15:48
  2. Successful and Simple Vatting
    By Gillman in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-27-2006, 07:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top