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Blending...

Postby Dancing4dan » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:20 am

NO! Not veggie or fruit smoothies :puke-huge:

Blending whisky.

Does anyone have any wisdom to share on blending whisky? I did a blend of my chocolate malt whiskey with another whiskey I made. The immediate results were good. However the flavour profile of the blended whisky has changed since then. The flavour profile has become richer, deeper after a week. (Not sure "richer" "deeper" are common words to describe whisky) The whiskey has really smoothed out.

Reading some stuff on line and it seems that a blend does not happen immediately. One would think that blending is done when the mixing is done. I'm not so sure now. Seems like it changed with a little time. Not enough time to affect aging, but enough to alter flavour and mouth feel after a week.

Any thoughts, words of wisdom? :-B
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Re: Blending...

Postby BigRig » Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:00 am

Interesting thread.

I did a blend about 2 months ago and it was very good in its infancy. I tried it during the week and it has changed big time, is excellent now. I just thought it was the wood doing its thing though. Either way i am going to do another blend.

Is yours on oak ? If so are you sure the change isn't a result of the wood ?

Also keen to hear others responses
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Re: Blending...

Postby Wellsy » Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:42 pm

I am guessing it is similar to how the full effect of diluting your spirits down to drinking strength takes a while to settle down to its final flavour
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Re: Blending...

Postby RC Al » Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:00 pm

I used to think bottle ageing didnt matter

It dose, the longer it sits, the more complex compounds form over that time, even without oak there is a marked difference the longer it sits

Blending will be no different
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Re: Blending...

Postby bluc » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:05 pm

:text-+1: i reakon even in glass age is your friend.

Exclude heads and tails you get good drop everytime.
Include some heads tails you get good drop sometimes..
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Re: Blending...

Postby bluc » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:15 pm

Or should I say unique drink...
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Re: Blending...

Postby Dancing4dan » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:57 pm

Thanks for the reply’s. Interesting insights.

What Was blended is actually bottled for consumption and Not on oak.

I bottle in used 1.75L whisky bottles and try to leave about 1/3 headspace in the bottle. Seems to help flavor as it sits.

One gallon jars are used for oaking and I leave a headspace in there as well.
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Re: Blending...

Postby BigRig » Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:21 pm

Dancing4dan wrote:Thanks for the reply’s. Interesting insights.

What Was blended is actually bottled for consumption and Not on oak.

I bottle in used 1.75L whisky bottles and try to leave about 1/3 headspace in the bottle. Seems to help flavor as it sits.

One gallon jars are used for oaking and I leave a headspace in there as well.


My bad :teasing-neener:

I thought you were blending different spirits before aging.

Blend i did was 1/2 macwisky, 1/4 wbab and rum.
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Re: Blending...

Postby Sam. » Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:46 pm

It does take time for flavours to "marry" together once blended. Same reason gin straight off the still is harsher than after it has rested for a few weeks :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Blending...

Postby Dancing4dan » Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:46 am

RC Al wrote:I used to think bottle ageing didnt matter

It dose, the longer it sits, the more complex compounds form over that time, even without oak there is a marked difference the longer it sits

Blending will be no different


Do you fill the bottles or do you leave some headspace?
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Re: Blending...

Postby RC Al » Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:21 pm

Theres always head space, its rare I leave any bottle full for very long :obscene-drinkingdrunk:

I dont super seal them either - angels can have their bit :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Blending...

Postby Dancing4dan » Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:21 pm

[quote="RC Al"]Theres always head space, its rare I leave any bottle full for very long :obscene-drinkingdrunk:

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