Did my first blind tasting today, and was really surprised by the results. After traveling this week, I want to repeat this for sure as I think my smeller may be a bit off. Here are the results from the first go at it though.
1: 50/50 ratio of Larceny and OWA
2: 50/50 ratio of Old Fitz 1849 (current bottling) and OWA
3: My SB Blend of 60% OWA & 40% W12
1: Reminds me of a dusty, like older ND juice (disclaimer - I've had very little, but this is the connection my brain is making whether correct or not!) Smells fairly nice – like older stuff! Thicker, sweet, but not overly sweet. Just a hint of mustiness.
2: Also nice, just a touch of mint (which gave it away as Old Fitz).
3: Similar to, but not quite as nice. Just a bit more plain to me.
1: Very nice – more sweet than the others, although I get a very slight hint of mint. Bit drier than my SB blend (although my favorite of the three). Sirens going off - I'm not getting a lot of caramel/vanilla, which I would definitely expect to get in my SB blend.
2: Get the mintyness that reminds me of Old Fitz, but with a bit more burn. Bright, crisp, not very sweet – more dry than anything.
3: Bit more sweet, but also on the dry side. Thin, no mint, and less burn. Had the most noticeable change with a few drops of water (no impact on the others). Brought a bit more sweetness and warmth to it.
I gave sample 1 an 84, with sample 2 an 82, and sample 3 a 76. Bernie's book can give you the value of these ratings , but basically - I preferred sample 1 a bit over sample 2, and didn't think much of sample 3. My guess was that 1 was my SB Blend since I did like it more (although I couldn't figure out why it had any hint of mint, as I get none of that usually). Now I know why!
I'm going to repeat this same tasting between Larceny+OWA and my SB Blend at some later date when everything seems to be in better working order. Based on this initial pass though, I would encourage some others to try a Larceny/OWA mix and share their thoughts on how that compares to the SB blend!