"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
A 1:1 of Barton and Grand Dad work for me, or you can drink them separately and mix them internally.
I usually have a bottle of the obligatory SB blend on hand. 1:1 W12 and OWA for me. I've never done any other blends very precisely, I usually just pour a few things in a glass. I'm enjoying some Old Charter 8 with a bit of Ritt BIB mixed in. That gives a sweet, boring bourbon quite a nice flavor. The other day I opened my first bottle of BH and tried a bit mixed with OGD114. That is a mixture I will be exploring for sure.
I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.
My preferred ratio for the SB Blend is 60% OWA and 40% Weller 12. I agree with Joe - the journey is as important as the destination! I keep empty half-pint bottles for experimentation, and tried different ratios (60/40 in both directions, and 50/50) to pick which one I like best. Although, I've noticed more and more the variability in what I taste and when - so what is my favorite today might come in second place some other night! After I empty my current bottle, my strategy will be to try to do smaller vattings - in the desperate hope that one day I'll get 1/10th as good as fishnbowljoe
Gary (aka 'Country')
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
"Because Whiskey Matters!" - David Perkins
The only Barton I seem to be able to get up here is 1792 and fewer and fewer places carry OGD - at any strength. But I'll keep an eye when I come down to Virginia this summer. Maybe being a border state with Kentucky will enhance the bourbon selection - it's been a long time since I was in the ABC stores there.
I have my gripes with the ABC stores, but one thing I can give them credit for is carrying the entire line of Old Grand-Dad.
My house blend approximates the flavor of ETL at about half the price. 50/50 blend of 4RYL and OGDBIB.
Timely post. I just snuck a few ounces of my 1:1 OWA and Weller 12 blend. I was hoping to wait the recommended week (minimum) to let it meld, but I really wanted a smooth sip to end my work week. Even after only 4 days I am extremely impressed! It softens the extra woodiness of the 12 (which is otherwise my favorite daily pour). And it evened out and gave more depth to the OWA, which I found a bit medicinal and sharp.
I plan on doing a blind 3-way test of the source bourbons along with the blend soon, but I am very pleased with the initial results this evening. Maybe I'll even go 4-way and compare some Larceny, too.