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    Re: Home blending

    While SB Blend is probably my favorite, I have a few others that I enjoy periodically.

    OGD114/Ritt BIB...usually 2:1 bourbon to rye
    WT101/WTR101...2:1 bourbon to rye
    ECBP/EC12...ratio varies

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    Re: Home blending

    Was looking forward to 60/40 SB Blend this winter... but OWA seems to have gone extinct out here.

    I do plan on doing some trials with EW bonded, 1783, and EWB sometime soon.

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    Re: Home blending

    [QUOTE=Tony Santana;388016] How long do you folks think a blend needs to sit before it's reached an optimal state for drinking?

    My son Gary and I did a side-by-side-by-side-by-side test tasting of an identical blend at an hour (I think), a day, a week and 2-weex.
    As far as we could determine, the only noticed difference was between the one-hour and any of the others. So, from that experience we concluded that long waits aren't necessary for home vatting. Now others may have different opinions, and/or more discriminating palates and, therefor give different advice.

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    Re: Home blending

    I've blended barrel proof versions of Four Roses Yellow Label and Four Roses Small Batch with pretty good results. I ordered all the bottles from Party Source.

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    Re: Home blending

    Every once in awhile I'll think about blending something...... anything...... with my batch 1 Cody Road to make it drinkable. Then I come to my senses and realize nothing will ever help that bottle (and yet I can't get myself to throw it out )
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    Re: Home blending

    Quote Originally Posted by Vosgar View Post
    Every once in awhile I'll think about blending something...... anything...... with my batch 1 Cody Road to make it drinkable. Then I come to my senses and realize nothing will ever help that bottle (and yet I can't get myself to throw it out )
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    Re: Home blending

    [QUOTE=Richnimrod;388055]
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Santana View Post
    How long do you folks think a blend needs to sit before it's reached an optimal state for drinking?

    My son Gary and I did a side-by-side-by-side-by-side test tasting of an identical blend at an hour (I think), a day, a week and 2-weex.
    As far as we could determine, the only noticed difference was between the one-hour and any of the others. So, from that experience we concluded that long waits aren't necessary for home vatting. Now others may have different opinions, and/or more discriminating palates and, therefor give different advice.
    I only waited about 10-15 minutes after pouring my OFSignature/WT101 in a glass and adding a splash of water. Maybe waiting a full hour would help like you did, just to have the air open things up a bit. I can't imagine how putting them away for awhile in a bottle would change much, except if they are decanted to get more air, which might make things better or worse.
    Last edited by Merrymash Monk; 12-21-2013 at 20:19.

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    Re: Home blending

    Haven't had the Coady but I've read taste descriptions that give me a good idea what it is like.

    You could blend it 50/50 with an assertive oaky, high-strength bourbon, Rare Breed say, or maybe 1:2 Coady to RB would be better. (Or use virtually any other bourbon or rye that is strong and reasonably aged).

    This would make a great base for a Manhattan or any other whiskey cocktail, or whiskey-and-Coke.

    Or, blend it with a group of three or four bourbons or ryes to probably about 20% of the total. 10-15% might be better. You can do this in the glass. It is surprising how good a taste you can get in this way and no one would ever know that a young whiskey is in there but it contributes its qualities all the same.

    Gary

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    Re: Home blending

    [QUOTE=Merrymash Monk;388162]
    Quote Originally Posted by Richnimrod View Post

    I only waited about 10-15 minutes after pouring my OFSignature/WT101 in a glass and adding a splash of water. Maybe waiting a full hour would help like you did, just to have the air open things up a bit. I can't imagine how putting them away for awhile in a bottle would change much, except if they are decanted to get more air, which might make things better or worse.
    I've done mingles in the glass without waiting more than a couple of minutes. It took some planning (several weeks obviously!) to arrange, and as Richnimrod stated - the youngest is the only one that stood out as materially different. In fact, we were trying to guess them in terms of age (assuming the ones we liked best would be the oldest), and I think we picked the 1 day old over the 2 week, and then the 1 week. The aging apparently does allow the different chemicals more time to do their thing, but the way I look at it - if I mingle and pour and like - I'm apt to like the rest even more after some time!

    By the way - my dad did the same mingle based on your recommendation (and I think it was under a day, but a couple hours), and I really liked it! Looking forward to trying it again on a fresh palate, but it was quite enjoyable!!
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    Re: Home blending

    [QUOTE=darylld911;388222]
    Quote Originally Posted by Merrymash Monk View Post

    I've done mingles in the glass without waiting more than a couple of minutes. It took some planning (several weeks obviously!) to arrange, and as Richnimrod stated - the youngest is the only one that stood out as materially different. In fact, we were trying to guess them in terms of age (assuming the ones we liked best would be the oldest), and I think we picked the 1 day old over the 2 week, and then the 1 week. The aging apparently does allow the different chemicals more time to do their thing, but the way I look at it - if I mingle and pour and like - I'm apt to like the rest even more after some time!

    By the way - my dad did the same mingle based on your recommendation (and I think it was under a day, but a couple hours), and I really liked it! Looking forward to trying it again on a fresh palate, but it was quite enjoyable!!
    I did a 2:1 small Vat of the OFS/WT101 in a bottle just to see if it makes a difference over time. We'll see as I'll probably sip some this evening.

 

 

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