Update: I called today and they informed me that they required the rest of the bottle, a Glencairn, and a cigar to complete the analysis. I assume that this is standard lab protocol?
Real Update: Although the person that I spoke with couldn't say why, my sample was forwarded to another lab. The expectation is that the results will be available by the end of the week.
Real Update Conspiracy Speculation: Special Reserve used his Brotherhood of the Laboratory connections to hijack my sample. Shame on you SR!!!
I'm very interested in the report. This is way out of my field but I'm interested knowing what is said.
My guess is that there is no lead or very low level of lead in the bourbon sample.
Lead analysis is whole blood is a bit tricky and requires specialized equipment and contamination from the blood container is always considered when an elevated level is encountered. Preferably clinical samples should be collected in a special acid washed tube but most are not.
I have no idea how it would be measured in alcohol it may be easier. Also of concern is the level of detection.
First of all, many thanks to the guys at Pro-Lab. They were informative and fun to work with. I really appreciate their willingness to facilitate my odd request.
Today they were kind enough to give me a call, and the results were surprising. In fact, the results were so surprising that they ran the test 3 times to confirm.
In summary, the lead content within my sample was nearly 1,000 times higher than the acceptable limit in water. For example; while the acceptable lead limit in water is 14.9 parts per billion (ppb) the content of my sample was 14,700 ppb.
In effect, 15 versus 14,700.
I'm trying to get my head around what this means, but I'm struggling to put together a relative comparison.
But to answer my original question, (unless the Austin Nichol distillery was built with lead piping, lead mashtuns, and lead stills)...that yes...there is a profound leaching of lead from the lead glazing of ceramic decanters into the content whiskey.
Last edited by wripvanwrinkle; 08-02-2011 at 14:51.
Wow. So glad you finally got the results and thank you for sharing. I wonder if the lead could somehow be filtered out without ruining the whiskey.
Time to call Magneto
I don't know why I didn't think of this until now but you should have included a control sample or the lab should have asked for one.
It would be very interesting to see how much lead a WT sample from a regular bottle contained.
I'm shocked at the amount of lead present and now must reconsider drinking a ceramic container that I have.
Hmmm. Done some tasting over the years from dusty ceramic containers including a favoured coffee cup. Still standing, I think. I would think a few sips here and there over 10 years or so should have no effect, still, something to think about I guess.
Last edited by Gillman; 08-02-2011 at 18:16.