The first time I homevatted was by accident: After finishing a Springbank 12, I poured some Glenlivet 18 in the same tumbler... Result: A great, new 'malt'. The nose was obvious influenced by the Springbank, while the palate was still balanced, round and obvious Glenlivet...
After this discovery I started experimenting with a 'living bottle' and more home-vattings... and I have to say that I really enjoy 'playing a masterblender', that it has deepened my knowledge about the brands, and their qualities, but most of all: that it's fun, and creates great new taste-sensations sometimes...
On the other hand I'm aware of the fact that a good single-malt is something extraordinary itselve. Perfected by many big 'noses'... and who am I to add something to that..?
So most of the times I leave a bottle just like it is: perfect. But sometimes, a bottle isn't that great (to my palate), and I have to homevat it... for example the Ardbeg 17 was not my cup of tea. I really adore the 10 and Uigeadail, but that 17 was just dull on my palate... So I added some of the Ardbeg 10 and: voila! It made the vatting one of my most succesfull ones.
I've read some posts about 'homevatting' on this board (and some 'recipes' are worth trying I suppose) but still I would really like to have an idea about how many people 'do it' (in terms of percentage...).
Keep experimenting, though. The way you describe Springbank 12 and Glenlivit 18 it does sound intriguing-
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I don't want to misquote (or give away any secrets)... and for fear of the wrath of Oliver that's all I'll say for the moment... apart from: I think I'll be giving some "homevatting" a try.
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One if the things I have greatly enjoyed doing is extending the life of expensive or rare malts. This really works, and on some occasions allowed me to almost double the lenght of life from some bottles.
Excuse me for my blatant attempt to spam my website , but I am sure this article will be interesting to those inteersted in this field. http://www.peatfreak.com/art-HomeVatting.php
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