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    Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    I've been pretty obsessed with vatting things together lately, probably after I learned how incredible the OWA/W12 mashup is blended. I wonder, there's got to be other offerings like this, one shorter on proof or age, the other bigger and rougher, needing taming. I put together a Heaven Hill vatting like this not too long ago that I actually felt was better than the sum of its parts; some Old Heaven Hill Bonded plus Fighting Cock plus Evan Williams Single Barrel resulted in something not necessarily better than the single barrel, but definitely smoother and more complex and surprisingly delightful.

    The only other one like this that I've discovered is that I LOVE Old Grand-Dad bonded mixed equal parts with Knob Creek. I just feel it reveals and enhances something in each that I don't notice while consuming each.

    As I missed the Four Roses 125th this year and don't really want to plunk down $50 on a bottle of the single barrel in Oregon (not that its not good, but its around thirty bucks elsewhere) so I've been messing with Bulleit, Bulleit 10 year, and FRYL in differing parts, trying to reveal something not seen in either. It still needs work. Also, upon revisiting, I forgot how much I like Bulleit. I never even think about drinking it, but it was hitting the spot last night unbelievably, and then made a rather mind-blowing old-fashioned.

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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    Try one part Grand Dad 114 with two parts 80 proof Benchmark.
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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    I love experimenting with different vattings and different ratios - lots of fun! Unfortunately, I haven't found one I like as much as the SB Blend (60/40 ratio with more OWA). I haven't given up, just haven't found one I love enough to buy two 750s for the sole intention of vatting them. That is the only reason I buy W12 (not that it isn't decent on its own, but I just don't find I reach for it on its own very much). Please share what you've tried and liked!

    Squire - I may have to pick up some Benchmark just to try that
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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    Another good vatting is Bakers and OGD114. And I think this Dickel-Ritt BiB blend will work nicely once I get the proportions right.

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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    This one is a dusty vatting -- OGD BiB and OGD 86 both from ND -- 1:1.

    This one is on my vatting notes from a few years ago when all this was available and not crazy expensive. Not familial but it works;
    Equal parts Vintage 23 Rye, Saz 18 Rye and High West 21.

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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    This one is on my vatting notes from a few years ago when all this was available and not crazy expensive. Not familial but it works;
    Equal parts Vintage 23 Rye, Saz 18 Rye and High West 21.
    Very intrigue with this. I have all three open at the moment so will try. I think I can guess the reasoning behind this.

    Cheers

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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    This one is a dusty vatting -- OGD BiB and OGD 86 both from ND -- 1:1.

    This one is on my vatting notes from a few years ago when all this was available and not crazy expensive. Not familial but it works;
    Equal parts Vintage 23 Rye, Saz 18 Rye and High West 21.
    I've done this with Hirsch22:Saz18 in a 1:1 proportion and it's really good - probably even better if I add some HW21 into that mix to stretch out the wood a little... Thanks for the idea!
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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    I like to make a Bourye with AE bourbon and AE rye. So far only tried it 1:1, but it's really nice! The dry bourbon is picked up by the sweet & spicy rye, and the sweetness of the rye is mellowed out by the bourbon.

    I have more rye than bourbon, so after the bourbon is gone I will probably try mixing the AE Rye with other LDI ryes. I find the the AE Rye too sweet and most LDI ryes too thin so I think it should work nicely. Makes the AE Rye more than an after dinner digestif.

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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I've done this with Hirsch22:Saz18 in a 1:1 proportion and it's really good
    We may have had this discussion, but by chance have you tasted the Hirsch/Saz blend side by side with VWFRR?
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    Re: Familial blends that synergize like the SB blend.

    I do quite a bit of vatting with HH bourbons with general success. There is no real rhyme or reason to it, but often I just want to consolidate bottles, and my HH bottles are good candidates. I've topped off Old Fitz 1849 with Larceny. I've topped off Henry McKenna BIB with PHC blend of mashbills. I've used EWSB in a similar fashion with success as well.

 

 

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