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Christmas Eve Blending

What do you do when you're sitting around on Christmas Eve Day, wrapping presents, watching old episodes of Arrested Development, and getting supplies ready for tonight's party? I wanted to bring some fun booze over to my family activity tonight, but nothing that I really would miss were we to drink it all.  Then I remembered all those Four Roses barrel samples that I didn't use when we were sampling casks to purchase.  The Small Batch is a bourbon that Four Roses crafts from a few different barrel formulae and I had a more than a handful to choose from.  All I needed was a big empty bottle.

Rather than do a batch of pure cask strength bourbons, I decided to mix a little of the 100 proof in to tone it down a bit.  One bottle of cask strength OBSQ, one bottle of cask strength OESV, one bottle of cask strength OBSV, and a little bit of 100 proof OBSV to top it off at 750ml.  Then I poured it all into a big bowl, filtered out the charcoal with a strainer, and decanted it back into an empty vodka bottle.

Violá! I did taste a little bit just out of curiousity, but 9:45 in the morning isn't really the best time to sample whiskey.  I'll base my blending success on the reaction of my in-laws later tonight.  Hopefully, I will make Jim Rutledge proud.

-David Driscoll

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Reader Comments (6)

Ha! Man that's the coolest thing ever. You may have started a new tradition for yourself. And what a special way to enjoy it. I can't imagine it's going to be bad. Let us know!

Merry Christmas.


December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason Pyle


I just tasted it. It's actually really good (however, through no technique of my own). I'll save some for your California trip to K&L

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Hey David,

You certainly know how to celebrate Christmas. Let us know the consensus once the family has had a crack at it.

Happy Holidays!


December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

awesome idea... if only they'd sell kits like this retail, then we'd all be doin' it!

glad it turned out well.

merry xmas and keep the whiskey flowin'!


December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I may very well be out that way in January. I need to come by for sure regardless, and say hello. Have a good one David.

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason Pyle

The article written by you very good, I like it very much.
I will keep your new article.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjicfea

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