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I do love their whisky for sure! Ilya introduced me to Kilchoman originally. Then only a few days after Ilya’s recommendation, I found a new (to me) store that was very well stocked, who had pretty much everything they offer on the shelf. I tried Sanaig and Machir Bay originally, loved them both, and this lead me down the rabbit hole of trying everything of theirs I could get my hands on.

The reason they are all congregated together on the top shelf is because their bottles are short and fit on that shelf where most of the others are too tall.
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Nice cabinet.  
Kilchoman, for the most part, is a little young for me.  They have a nice product, much potential and have some good offerings at an inexpensive price.  A couple I really like, some I probably would not purchase yet.  Kilchoman is proof certain that you don't have to be a 100 year old distillery to have some really good sippin' whisky.  They are certainly starting to have an impact on the industry.  Nothing I would say "no" to, just some offerings need more time in the barrel, my opinion.  
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Here is an interesting project I've been doing for the past year and a half that might be of interest to the whisky enthusiasts out there. I found a video online from whisky reviewer "Ralfy," who discussed the concept of a "solera botte." Wikipedia defines "solera" as "a process for aging liquids such as wine, beer, vinegar, and brandy by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years. The purpose of this labor-intensive process is the maintenance of a reliable style and quality of the beverage over time." Ralfy applies this concept to whisky in the following way: devote an empty bottle or decanter to store your ongoing personal blended whisky and pour in a small amount (normal dram volume) of every whisky that you try. Once the bottle is full of your own personal blend, as you drink a small amount from the bottle, replenish the same volume removed with a small amount of a new whisky. Thus, the bottle always stays full and the blend is changing constantly over time in taste and complexity. It becomes a living history of your whisky tasting, a blend unique to you and only you that doesn't exist anywhere else on earth. Even if someone else were to blend the exact same whiskies, they would never duplicate the same quantities. A small quantity of every whisky you added remains in the bottle for years as newer additions merge with the old. 

Here is Ralfy's vlog on it:

The concept is also called an "infinity bottle," and can be applied to any alcoholic drink. I decided to do this with single malt Scotch, since I drink more Scotch than any other type of whisky and had more of it in my collection at home. I bought a cool looking crystal decanter of standard 750ml capacity and started adding a small amount of different single malts as I try them. My "rules" for adding any single malt is simple. 
1. It must be a single malt Scotch. I don't want to blend in other people's blended Scotch, no matter how good, and I don't want to add different kinds of whisk(e)y.
2. I have to like it at least somewhat. I don't want to add anything I don't care for, though even if a given Scotch isn't great, by adding only a tiny amount to the decanter, it doesn't dominate and may add something interesting to the blend anyway. 
3. I'm only adding un-peated or very lightly peated single malts. Although I enjoy peated single malts as well, I felt that the addition of any significant amount of peated flavor might overshadow the subtle complexities of the blend. I'm considering starting another solera decanter devoted to peated single malts. 

Once the bottle was full and I tasted it, I thought it was good, but it didn't "wow" me at first. Over time, however, my personal blend has become pretty incredible IMHO. It now tastes like a really good long maturation, predominantly sherry-aged Scotch with considerable complexity. Moreover, it's my own unique creation and is ever-changing. Right now, I have 48 different single malts blended in my personal solera bottle. Unfortunately, the decanter I chose doesn't pour very well. It doesn't have a "lip" around the rim to prevent flow down the side of the decanter when pouring. So, I extract it with a large bulb pipette, which actually has the advantages of always extracting a measured amount that results in the same amount always being replaced, and I'm always drawing from near the bottom of the decanter. I don't know that this makes any difference, as the new stuff is melding with the old very rapidly, but I like the idea of always pulling a sample from the middle to bottom of the decanter.

Here is my solera decanter:


Oh, incidentally, if you decide to do this and use a crystal decanter, make sure you choose "lead-free" crystal. You don't want any lead leeching out into your whisky. 

Give it a try. It's a fun way to enjoy your favorite whiskies, whether Scotch, bourbon, Irish, etc.
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I'll need to get a larger decanter, but I like the idea.

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Here is the decanter I chose, the Ravenscroft "Larchmont."


It is lead-free, looks cool, and is HEAVY. You have to pick it up to appreciate how massive and solid this thing is. The base is very thick - a lot of glass there, which makes light reflect nicely through it. For some reason, I think it kinda has a "nautical" look to it.
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Don't discount a blend with peated/un-peated malts.  You can create some very interesting tastes and you can decide how much you want the peat to dominate.  It's an interesting hobby.  
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That's the beauty of the concept, there are no rules, and you can decide for yourself where you want to take it to create something uniquely yours.
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Beautiful decanter!
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That is a nice decanter.
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Ed, that is a Georgia decanter, wine glass and fine whiskey glass...
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Ed, that is a Georgia decanter, wine glass and fine whiskey glass...

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That's in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee... they are more refined in Georgia...
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You need to start up a solera/infinity bottle Dan. You could do one for Scotch and another for Bourbon. I think you’d get a kick out of it and it’s fun to see how the flavor nuances of your blend changes over time.
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I've done it for Scotch and wine.. never for bourbon (only recently had a bourbon tasting itch).  Yes, I think I will do it again.  I still have some SMALL amounts of Scotch purchased overseas that I cannot get here that are good candidates.  Perhaps... someday... you and I will share a "wee dram" or two...
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Or three!
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Or three!
Three is better...
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Originally posted by Son of Ed Son of Ed wrote:

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How gosh... don't you know... at the Dollar Store, they are "jars"... at Hobby Lobby, they are "decanters"...
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