Happy fall y’all!
This is my favorite month of the whole year.
Everything looks pretty, taste like pumpkin, & bourbon pairs well with apple cider!
This past weekend I was invited to my first at home blind bourbon tasting. I was pretty excited but really did not know what to expect since I myself am still slowly building my bourbon collection & finding new brands each day. I’ve also like most people only have done tastings when I know what I am getting so you go in with preconceived notions.
After Saturday night, I’m not motivated more than ever to be able to host my own blind tasting one day!
Here is the run down on what I learned, what to do, & how to keep non bourbon drinkers involved. Below you will see the set up.
When arriving there were snacks, beer, wine & bourbon and ginger ale cocktail to get your palette warmed up. Once the tasting started, everyone received a packet with professional reviews of each sample including a star rating, a tasting wheel diagram, and 5 different sheets to fill out the breakdown each bourbon.
We were told that the bourbons would be going up in proof, but other than that it was a guessing game! With each taste, you also got to grab a card from either deck (this comes into play later), and after sniffing, giving your initial thoughts you were able to taste and add a drop of limestone water if needed. We then were able to guess if we thought we knew the bourbon, pretty sure not one person got any of them right, ha! We did this with each sample and we’re all amazed on how different the hug (burn in your throat), smell and taste varied throughout.
Between each sample, we were suggested to either eat a few nuts or chocolate to get the previous taste out. This also made a huge difference! After the fifth sample, we were told to look at our cards and see who had the best poker hand, that person won a bottle of something we tasted!
Here is the breakdown of what I got to try out…
- Wathens – Westport Wine & Whiskey store batch
- JTS Brown – bottled in bond
- Joseph Magnus
- Barrel Bourbon Batch 11
- Old Forester 1920
Most of these you can find at a store or if you do a little digging! Like I said, I am still growing my collection so my labels would be more commonly known but still interesting to see if anyone can guess!
So if you are looking to do your own at home tasting, here’s what I suggest!
– A variety of mash bills, some corn some rye
– Different ages
– Variety of prices
– for the set up, clear non labeled cups
– A tasting wheel, this helps people who don’t know really what they are looking for
– HAVE FUN!
Bourbon is supposed to be something you enjoy, make it interactive for all the guest, play the poker hand or be creative and come up with your own game!