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Friday, April 27, 2012

Doc Maino's Very Small Batch Whiskey

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged
Very Small Batch
 (Part 1)
Woodinville Whiskey Company in Woodinville, WA makes White Dog Whiskey, Bourbon, and Peabody Jones Vodka. They also provide an age your own whiskey kit that I just had to try.

As you know I am in the process of becoming a whiskey/whisky connoisseur. I am attempting to master whiskey nosing/tasting at a much higher level.

A good place to start is by using the right whisky nosing glass. Some say that the perfect whiskey glasses can be found within the ones noted below from Malt Maniacs

Starting from the left: 1) the “Perfect Whisky Glass”, 2) the Glencairn and 3) the Tulip or Thistle with Stem. These glasses share a common theme in that they are based on the shape of the original whisky nosing glasses; The Tulip or Thistle with stem being the nearest in design to the older style of this glass. 

I started with the Thistle with Stem ( the one on the right) and am now usually using the Glencairn glass. The Thistle is often used by Whyte & Mackay Master Blender, Richard Paterson. He knows whisky. He's got talent. And he is entertaining. If you want to know the proper way to "taste" whiskey, please watch him in this video.

So with a little knowledge of whiskey and even a trip to Scotland, as well as a tour of the Glennfiddich  distillery in Dufftown, Scotland....I decided it was time to try my hand at producing

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey 

After doing a bit of research, I decided to use Woodinville's aging kit.

 The Woodinville Age Your Own Whiskey Kit starts out producing a product closer to Bourbon.

 HubPages notes that: In order to carry the name Bourbon, a set of rigid requirements come into play. These requirements include:

1.) The grain mixture of which Bourbon is made must contain AT LEAST 51% Corn.
2. Bourbon must be produced at no more than 160 proof (U.S) (80% alcohol by volume)
3. Bourbon must be stored at no more than 125 Proof (U.S) (62.5% alcohol by volume)
and 3. it MUST be stored in NEW Charred Oak Containers.

Straight Bourbon Whiskey refers to Bourbon meeting these requirements. Most if not all bourbon has been aged for 4 years or more.

Since the Woodinville whiskey aging kit includes new charred Oak barrel and Doc Maino's exclusive Time Warped Aging Process will produced a whiskey that is at least comparable to 4 years aging or more, the result will/should be Bourbon-like.

The Kit (see photo on the right)



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