Whisky blending?

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  • Whisky blending?
  • anyone tried making their own blend…?

    Currently Aldi are doing a bottle of grain whisky for a tenner that would act as the base, bit of this, drop of that, get it just the way you like it…

    what could possibly go wrong?

    sillysilly
    Member

    I was invited on a blending class a while back, trying single malts from each region, understanding underlying flavours / smells etc and then mixing for fun with grain as the base.

    Grain makes up a large % and for experimenting you can use miniatures from each region quite cheaply to sample / perfect your blend or get a group of friends to each bring a bottle from a different region to mix with your grain.

    Islay for smoke / peat, lowlands for sweetness etc. Loads of guides online, great fun to be had, esp over a few hands of poker πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    My second-hand experience is you start with a bottle of shit, add various other single malts to it, and you end up with two bottles of shit. The only way I’ve seen it work is purely by chance, by combining the dregs of the ends of bottles and getting lucky rather than staring with a ‘base’.

    I’ve done it myself with homebrew wine, started out with a bottle of undrinkable “Basic Red” that a mate brewed, kept adding more and more bottles and ended up with a gallon of undrinkable wine. It was like trying to create palatable punch that already contained Malibu.

    mikewsmith
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    Got several mates who do it very well at the distillaries they work at πŸ˜‰ Knowing what you have very well is key.
    One of the mates now has a bar where he has a “blend” on offer which is basically him mixing something there. works very well but he does know what he is doing and not starting with 10 quid aldi as a starter

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    I reckon a blend of ten quid Aldi and bottle of grants would be winner! πŸ˜†

    If you get a bottle of Aldi and a bottle of Laphroaig, you first tip the Aldi down the sink and you end up with a nice bottle of whisky πŸ˜‰

    sillysilly
    Member

    The grain is just the base / filler for blends, using Aldi version should be fine for starting out.

    CountZero
    Member

    If you get a bottle of Aldi and a bottle of Laphroaig, you first tip the Aldi down the sink and you end up with a nice bottle of whisky

    πŸ˜†

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