After successfully vatting Lot 40 and Beam rye last week to great effect, I thought further experimentation was in order. I recently found a Gooderham & Worts on clearance and picked it up. I find it...okay. Some good rye around the edges, clearly aged in used barrels, allowing the spirit to come through fully. I figured I might as well blend it with Lot 40 and wind up with something more characterful. But then I thought, why stop there?
So, I had two Corby whiskeys. I had Beam rye on hand, and decided to throw in a second Beam whiskey: Knob Creek. The age and extra proof would be welcome, I thought, and I figured it might round out the spirity components of the Canadians. I used equal parts of all four whiskeys.
The resulting blend is heavily floral on the nose, plus some citrus (and salt?). Both lemon and orange come through. The palate is full and lively, with a pleasantly oily component. It is spiced but not heavy on cinnamon or pepper as many straight bourbons or ryes are. The small grain component is clear in that intermittent spice and in the dry, snappy finish. A bit of vanilla and gingerbread try to linger, but to no avail. A very good drink, though I think it would be improved with a higher percentage of the two more characterful whiskeys: KC and Lot 40. Or maybe I just need to lower the ratio of G&W. A successful experiment, if I may say so.