First, I should say, I came across this idea from Ralfy, who does this for a few of his own bottles. The idea, more or less, is inspired from a Spanish sherry solera system, where a number of barrels of sherry are essentially mixed together into a large batch and a relatively small amount is withdrawn to be bottled. Every time some is withdrawn, new sherry is added, resulting in a mix of sherry from the time the solera system began to the most recent batch. This is also in place for some rums and whisky, among other things.
I only began this in the fall, but I thought I’d post about it as I love the idea. Start a bottle or half bottle by blending together some whisky you already have, and then every time you are to the end of a good bottle of whisky, add 50 ml or so to the blend, drinking and sharing as you go as necessary. Thus, you create a blend composed of your favorite drams over the year. Not everything blends together perfectly, but with experience and experimentation you figure it out. My blend, you may guess, is composed of a few of my favorite Canadians. Also, if you know the whiskies, you can see where they fight and play together individually – also fun. And my guests that have tried it have really liked both the experience and whisky too. I frankly, have been surprised at the quality of the blend too. In a few years, it will be a great gift too!
For those interested, I have the following in my blend at present (though this is ever expanding!). Most are for significance, but a few for balancing as well.
- Collingwood 21 Year Old (this is where I discovered that though this one was good on its own, it is absolutely stunning in a blend which is well put together)
- Forty Creek Copper Pot, Confederation Oak (Batch B), Evolution
- Highwood Ninety 20 Year Old
- Century Reserve 21 Year Old, Lot 15/25
- Lot no. 40 (2012)
- Wiser’s Red Letter (2013)
- Royal Canadian
- Stalk & Barrel 1+11 (Original Batch)
- Crown Royal Limited Edition
- Masterson’s Straight Barley
- Stalk & Barrel, Cask 17