Infinity Bottle Ingredients: Old Pulteney 16 first fill ex-bourbon single cask Cragganmore 12 Benromach 10 anCnoc 24 Arran 10 Ardnamurchan AD/07.21:05 Bladnoch 10 Glenglassaugh Evolution Craigellachie 13 Glen Scotia 10 first fill ex-bourbon single cask Springbank 10 Glenlivet 18 Talisker 10 Cardhu 12 Loch Lomond Single Grain Milk & Honey Apex Pomegranate finish Lagavulin 16 Three Ships 11 Oloroso single cask Bimber PX single cask Ben Nevis 8 Duncan Taylor Octave Sherry single cask Edradour 10 Signatory Vintage Barolo single cask Aberlour 12 Mortlach 10 Signatory Vintage first fill ex-bourbon single cask Linkwood 14 North Star first fill ex-bourbon single cask Kilchoman Machir Bay Raasay R-01.1 Nikka From the Barrel Deanston Virgin Oak Loch Lomond Single Grain Peated Tasting Notes: Without water: on the nose, very intense and prickly at first, but as it settles down, there are complex warm mixed spices with cinnamon and clove standing out along with a hint of pepper, lots of zesty oranges, blossoms in the background, and a hint of smoke. On the palate, the citrus notes continue in the arrival as toffee and caramel develop in the mid-palate, which then unfurls with a touch of creaminess and a burst of baking spices dusted with nutmeg. The finish is long and mouthwatering with a spicy edge of ground cinnamon and background dark dried fruits. Adding water: It depends on how much water you add and how long you let it rest. Adding just a few drops and letting it rest for a while brings out more dried dates and other fruit on the nose and opens the palate to rich toffee/fudge, sherry notes and a hint of vanilla while further enhancing the dense velvety, creamy mouthfeel. With more water, soft well-tempered oak tannins become prominent on the palate along with the peat, finishing with some white pepper and a hint of ash. Overall, this is a good dram which presents some depth and quality and is, at this stage, not at all too tannic and bitter but is nicely balanced. It's gone through various stages already, from being mostly typical bourbon cask sweet/vanilla, to heavily sherried and peaty, to something just…nice. I plan on keeping it going with more quality drams throughout this year, which will hopefully integrate well into the mix and perhaps take it in some unexpected directions. There's no formula or recipe here except quality drams that I enjoyed on their own and deemed good enough to add. Maybe some of you want to share your infinity bottles or other projects. It would be interesting to hear about them!

Posted by Willem Kilian at 2023-03-18 22:17:13 UTC