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    There's been some cool articles coming out on blending and one of the interesting factoids that came to light in my readings is that it is fairly common to nose & taste the candidate blends @ 20% ABV. Given even Single Malts are essentially blends comprised of a mix of whiskies from a single distillery, this practice is repeated for just about every bottle of whisky on the shelf (with the notable exception of Single Barrel selections) - in fact, "Small Batch" really means "Blend". The entire process is fascinating and I have to credit SB & Gillman for opening my eyes to this world via the gateway expression famously known as the SB Blend.



    Here's a fascinating discussion by Compass Box's John Glaser on how they came about the recipe (includes component malts) for the Flaming Heart 4th Edition (2012):



    I applaud CB's openness in revealing the sources of their blends - I wish there was more transparency like this in the whisky world!

    Here's some of the links I've been reading this AM:

    http://misswhisky.com/2013/06/28/blending-ballantines/
    http://scotchodysseyblog.com/2013/07...ning-blending/
    http://spiritsjournal.klwines.com/kl...-exercise.html

    Some links to SB Blend Threads:

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...urbon-Vattings
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...tting-Bourbons
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...-Gillman-Style
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...cotch-Blending
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...es-of-Whiskies
    Last edited by ChainWhip; 07-03-2013 at 10:13.
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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    Thanks for posting that Johnny, neat stuff.

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    Thanks for that Mr. C.W. I have met John Glaser and he does excellent work (he used to work for Johnnie Walker IIRC before setting up his own company...). I must say I never did the 20% reduction thing. I always wondered if it was more a practical expedient for distillery employees than anything else (i.e., not to wander the halls sloshed), but anyway I do it the old-fashioned way. In fairness, Scotch blending has to take account of the whisky being consumed with water, soda, ice, etc., so different factors may be at work there.

    Gary

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    I have the sudden urge to stock up on beakers, pipettes, and graduated cylinders ;-)
    Last edited by ChainWhip; 07-03-2013 at 11:30.
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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    I have the sudden urge for a drink.

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    Me too. Thinking a lil Flaming Heart is in order.

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I applaud CB's openness in revealing the sources of their blends - I wish there was more transparency like this in the whisky world!
    Transparency isn't too difficult when:
    a) the component whiskies are well known and of high quality, such as the ones used by CB; and
    b) the distilleries allow their names to be used*

    When the blends contain a huge number of obscure and/or crappy whiskies there is no advantage to disclosure.

    * some do not allow it (Glenfiddich, and Glenfarclas being the most famous in the Scotch world. Wm Grant goes so far as to add a spoonful of Balvenie to every barrel of GF and a spoonful of GF to every barrel of Balvenie they sell to blenders and independent bottlers - called "spooning" - in order to prevent them the claim of having single malts)

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    That sounds like a Geo. Washington blend.

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    For what it's worth--not much, I'm sure--- not everyone blends. Everything we bottle is from single barrels.

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    Re: Blending... Everybody does it! (Some Readings & Video)

    Quote Originally Posted by portwood View Post
    * some do not allow it (Glenfiddich, and Glenfarclas being the most famous in the Scotch world. Wm Grant goes so far as to add a spoonful of Balvenie to every barrel of GF and a spoonful of GF to every barrel of Balvenie they sell to blenders and independent bottlers - called "spooning" - in order to prevent them the claim of having single malts)
    Always love learning. Great info portwod! And I vaguely rememeber spooning...back in the beginning of my 2nd time around as a newly wed and before sleep apnea set in .
    Thad

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