Infinite Bottle – Tasting #1

Not sure what to expect out of this first infinite bottle tasting, especially since I’m not too versed in bourbon / whiskey at this time. But figured it was a good time to give it a go and see where we’re at with it.

The last bottle I added was the Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that my mom gifted to me. I figured it was only fitting to have the first tasting at her house. I found a small mason jar and put 4 oz of the whiskey into it, knowing that the globe bottle was too delicate to bring in a vehicle.

We went there to watch the Saints play the Bucs, Drew Brees vs Tom Brady in what may be Drew’s last NFL game before retiring. We had meatloaf and chicken and dumplings for supper with homemade coconut cookies for dessert. We left by the 4th quarter of the game but unfortunately the Saints lost and were eliminated from the playoffs.

It was also the last Sunday before I started my new job. I’ll be making a post about this move a bit later and will link it from here once it’s done. (INSERT BLOG POST HERE)

Now on to the whiskey:

I wanted to take a picture but completely forgot. I’ll try to remember that next time.

I still have a ways to go before I’m able to accurately pick out flavors in whiskeys, especially without any formal / informal training of the skill. On the nose was a lot of sweetness, vanilla, some wood but not much else that I could pick out. The taste was similar but quickly destroyed due to the overwhelming spiciness of the whiskey that completely covered my tongue.

I waited a bit before tasting again but was met with the same hotness. My mom, her boyfriend, and my wife all agreed that it smelled good but the spice was too intense to really enjoy it properly. We were also drinking it neat. So I added 2-3 drops of water to mine which helped it out a bit. The darker, woodier flavors diminished and the vanilla came through a bit more, but the spice had already done its damage to my taste buds.

Even if it was a bit hot, I still enjoyed it. I’m more interested to see how it changes over time and hopefully as I train my taste buds a bit more to see if I can pick out more flavors. Since I’m only putting in 2 oz at a time and took out 4 oz for this tasting, I’ll probably wait at least 2 more whiskey additions before I try it again, unless a better opportunity arises that calls for another tasting with friends or family.

Since it’s still such a young concoction, I don’t plan on making any changes to my current plans and will simply continue adding to it as I finish bottles. I’m slowly making the switch from beer to whiskey it feels like so a bottle every one or two months will probably be the pace at which I add to it.

Looking forward to the next time I can open it.

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