Do you ever mix different whiskies?

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Do you ever mix different whiskies?

Postby Matagalpa » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:48 pm

After reading many recommendations on the web I recently purchased a bottle of Ardbeg 10 single malt. To my disappointment, this whisky is so peaty that I simply can't enjoy it on its own. I then decided to try something which many people would probably consider as blasphemy - mix it with a basic whiskey that has little character of its own, in this case Ballantine's Finest (as in Cheapest). I mixed 1 part Ardbeg with 4 parts Ballantine's. The resulting "blend" is much more drinkable than the Ardbeg and much more complex than the Ballantine's, which leaves me both content and confused. Is such a blend a good idea, or do I just need to learn to love the Ardbeg on its own (if that's possible at all)?

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Re: Do you ever mix different whiskies?

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:11 am

Matagalpa wrote:Is such a blend a good idea... ?

Your taste buds always come first! :thumbsup:

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Re: Do you ever mix different whiskies?

Postby Matagalpa » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:27 am

Thanks everyone for the affirmation :)

BTW, if you happened to try other "home blends" I'd be interested to hear about your experiences...

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Re: Do you ever mix different whiskies?

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:52 pm

Matagalpa wrote:BTW, if you happened to try other "home blends" I'd be interested to hear about your experiences...

I've been blending together malt whiskies (and other whiskies as well) for some three decades now... Far too many to recount specific 'recipes' at this time. Suffice it to say one can carry out home blending with as few as two whiskies or as many as one may have at hand for this purpose. The sky's the limit. Just a couple of guiding principles to emphasize:

1. Begin by having a pretty precise idea of what you're trying to achieve before you start mixing things up.
2. Always be aware that whiskies with strong flavour characteristics will, if utilized in equal proportions with more delicately constituted whiskies, overpower the latter.


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