[For the record, I had this thread title in mind before I knew this one existed! It's closed anyway...]
Last month's BOTM gave me an idea to redeem the last third of an EC18 that I just can't get through -- a sale item at the NH state store that was universally panned by all who have tasted it. (A shame, because my favorite EC18 bottles have been epic.)
I tried a 1:1 vatting of Four Roses Yellow Label and the EC18, thinking (hoping?) that the floral fruity notes of the FR would counter the char and dare-I-say-it dirt of the Elijah Craig. I even added a well-swirled ice cube to help the mixing.
Conclusion: a horrible vatting failure -- eating violets fresh out of a flower pot.
What vats well with an "earthy" bourbon? (I suppose the recommendation could be extended to certain BT bottles as well...)