How would you do this?
While there are many ways to go about it, here is my dream bourbon:
- 6-10 years old
- char-influenced but retaining distillery (grain) character
- heavy body, soft on the palate with minimal burn
- bonded or 100 proof
- fruity overlay (dark fruit such as cherries or plums, maybe oranges too)
No whiskey available today quite meets these requirements. A cross between ETL and Stagg might do it, or between ETL and NDOG. A whiskey like McKenna SB comes close but it does not have a fruity taste such as one finds in many pre-1980 bourbons.