DISCOVER THE ART OF WHISKEY BLENDING
John Rempe, Master Distiller and Master Blender for Lux Row Distillers, shares his expertise on whiskey blending and how you can become a blending expert at home.
WHAT IS WHISKEY BLENDING?
Whiskey blending is the craft of mixing two or more whiskeys. Most commonly found in scotch, the process has been around since the 1800s. However, bourbon whiskey blending has gained popularity within the last decade.
We craft Daviess County Bourbons by blending two bourbon whiskey mash bills–one wheated and one ryed. After blending, we finish the whiskey to create variants.
To create your own whiskey blend, follow the steps below.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
A measuring glass or beaker helps to track amounts and recreate recipes.
Minor adjustments with a dropper can make significant changes to flavor.
Pen & Paper
Keep notes on the aroma and taste of your whiskey concoctions.
Any whiskey will do, but Daviess County Bourbons are perfect for whiskey blending.
DID YOU KNOW?
Daviess County will release a new variant each year. Last year, we released a Double Barrel Finished Bourbon. For 2022, be on the lookout for a Light Toasted Finish Bourbon.
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WHISKEY BLENDING 101
STEP 1 CHOOSE A TASTE PROFILE
Consider your favorite food and drink flavors. Having a taste profile in mind will help you pick a whiskey for a base and know which to add later.
STEP 2 SELECT A BASE WHISKEY
Based on your taste profile, select a whiskey you enjoy, but one you’d like to accentuate with additional flavor notes. In step 4, we’ll add to it to enhance it even more!
STEP 3 MEASURE & POUR
Grab your measuring tools and pour 1-4 ounces of your base whiskey into a clean glass.
STEP 4 ADD ANOTHER WHISKEY
Your second whiskey should introduce a new flavor to the blend. For example, adding a rye whiskey would add spiciness if the base is wheated.
STEP 5 STIR, TASTE, ADJUST
Stir the whiskey, then sniff and taste it. Take notes of the experience. Add in more of the second whiskey or introduce a third for additional complexity.
STEP 6 ENJOY IT OR STORE IT
Once ready, enjoy your whiskey blend! Use a glass or stainless steel container with a tight lid for storage.
Show off your blend! Use #DCWhiskeyBlending on Instagram.
HOW TO CREATE AN INFINITY BOTTLE
Take whiskey blending to the next level with an INFINITY BOTTLE.
An infinity bottle is a never-ending bottle of mixed spirits that changes flavor over time. Each dram offers a unique drinking experience.
Create a whiskey blend or choose a base whiskey and pour it into a clean glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
After drinking, choose a whiskey to replace the same amount of liquid you took out.
The flavors will marry together and change over time as the bottle sits.
Achieve new layers of complexity by adding in cloves, citrus powders, or herbs. Avoid spoilage by choosing dry ingredients.
MIX THINGS UP
Want to try your whiskey blend in a cocktail? Try these!