Ulster Whiskey Blog

To infinity and beyond

The first quality Whiskey I ever got was a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood. A gorgeous bottle: Tasty, approachable, lovely label, it oozed quality and, if I’m honest, in terms of presentation it still stands well above most of the rest. So, I opened it and decided to try and actually appreciate it, find out why so many people are obsessed with Whiskey.  Well after tasting the Doublewood I got it. I just got it. What it was that people were talking about when they talked about “mouth feel” and “Finish” It all just clicked into my head and, although I hadn’t a clue, I knew I was onto something.

Shortly after my first experience of quality Whiskey I bought something else, I can’t remember what, sure your second is never just as memorable, and a wee collection started to mount up. Even though there was, very quickly, 5 , 8, 15 bottles the Balvenie sat in the cupboard never going off and staying steadfast and sure. Every once in a while, I poured a bit and slowly but surely the bottle started to shrink. It took a while but eventually it dipped under half way, few more drinks and it was at the third mark, and there it has sat for a long time. Months and months have passed and I want another one but don’t want to kill the bottle, what to do?

Well there is the “Infinity bottle” Basically the premise is that you become an amateur blender and instead of killing off your bottle you wait until the bottle is down to the last quarter and you mix in something else. Try and be educated, something interesting, something to enhance the bottle. When the bottle heads south of the label again top it up with something else, and so on and so ad infinitum.  You can create new flavours, new depths and something personal to you.  The outcome of the experiments may be good, bad or indifferent but it can widen your outlook and knowledge.

Now the trick is to not kill the bottle by either emptying it or by over killing it with a peat monster in huge proportions. Based on the fact that molecules are so unbelievably small, really really small, the Balvenie will always be in their somewhere. A few molecules will remain in there forever, and I like that, it appeals to my sense of history, my curiosity and of course the Whiskey nerd in me.

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