Recently Scotchwhisky I came across an article on the site that caught my attention. The article talks about a blending experiment called the Infinity Bottle. After a little research, I saw that a similar experiment was done in different sources. Even first in 2012 ralfydot.com on youtube channel “My Solera Bottle” This topic is covered in a video.

After doing enough research on Infinity Bottle, I decided to do this experiment myself and share my notes. Before moving on to the experimental part “Infinity Bottle” I would like to talk about the concept and its purpose.

What is the Infinity Bottle?

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Infinity Bottle is a blending experiment. In this study, you create your own blend by mixing the whiskeys you want in certain amounts. While the amount of whiskey you add can be in a certain amount, it is also stated in some sources that it can be added in random proportions.

The reason why this experiment is called “Infinity” is because you keep adding new whiskeys as the whiskey in the bottle or carafe you keep your blend whiskey decreases. In this way, your blend never ends and differs with each addition. You observe this differentiation by tasting it every time you add whiskey.

Of course, when creating your blend, you add whiskeys not randomly, but in line with a target you have set.

In this post, I will share some tips that I think will be useful for creating your own Infinity “Infinity” bottle. In addition to the tips, I will also explain how I make my own bottle.


Step by step “Infinity” Infinity Flask

1- Bottle or Carafe?

First of all, you need to decide what you will put your whiskey into. You have 2 options for this: an empty whiskey bottle or a carafe.

Although they look very stylish, carafes are generally not very good at preserving air. Therefore, if you decide to put your blend in a carafe, you need to make sure that the mouth is tightly closed and airtight.

Although you are going to choose a whiskey bottle, I recommend you to choose bottles with cork caps for good air insulation. Of course, the best choice for the bottle will be the finished or nearly finished bottles in your home.

Experiment Note #1: I love my whiskey and bottle design and it is almost finished in my collection. Monkey Shoulder I chose to put it in the bottle.

Other bottles I can think of for this experiment: Aberlour, Hibiki, Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack…

In addition to the bottle, I recommend getting a small funnel to put your whiskeys in the bottle and a notebook to keep the tasting notes of your Infinity bottle.

2- What kind of whiskey do you want to create?

After deciding what to put your whiskey on, we move on to the fun part. Here you have to ask yourself the question: “What kind of whiskey do I want to create?”

There is no right answer to this question. You can try to make a similar whiskey that you have drank before and enjoyed very much, or you might want to mix a few different brands that you like. You can even try to come up with a whiskey that you have never tasted and say "I wish there was such a whiskey".

Fruity, sooty, spicy, full-bodied, sharp, floral or oaky… It's all up to you!

Experiment Note #2: I have determined the whiskey I want to reach, in general terms, as follows. I am sharing it as a draft, as I wrote it in my notebook.

Balanced sweet-spicy aromas (not too sweet or too fruity), a distinctive oak character, a bodied and creamy texture, a soft drink but sharp enough to create a "I'm drinking whiskey" feeling, sherry effect and slightly sooty...

3- Which whiskeys to put in the bottle?

Now it's time for the hardest part of the job… Which whiskeys do you need to add to your blend to reach the whiskey you have determined in your mind?

a. Identifying Your Main Whiskey!

First of all, you need to decide on the “base” whiskey of your blend. Although blended whiskeys contain many different whiskeys, certain malt whiskeys form the basis of each blend. For example;

  • Chivas Regal – Strathisla
  • Famous Grouse – Macallan
  • Cutty Sark – Glen Rothes
  • White Horse – Lagavulin
  • Johnnie Walker- Cardhu
  • Dewar's – Aberfeldy

The malt you choose will form the main character of your blend, so you need to think carefully. There are 3 details to pay attention to here.

  1. It is beneficial that your main malt is a whiskey that will not force you in terms of price. Because your main malt will be the whiskey you will put in your blend the most in terms of scale.
  2. Your main malt should be your favorite whiskey, as it will shape the character of your blend.
  3. Most importantly, your main malt should be a whiskey that can go well with other whiskeys.
    • in different sources Speyside malts are said to be the most ideal base malts for blends.

Experiment Note #3: As my main malt, I find Speyside malt, which I find very successful in terms of price-performance, and which I love very much. Aberlor 12I chose .

b. Adding Other Whiskeys

After choosing your main malt, it's time for the fun part… Adding different whiskeys to your blend to reach the “goal whiskey” you have determined before.

This part is a bit of trial and error. By adding whiskeys that you think will be compatible, little by little, you smell what kind of character is revealed.

Important: Remember to keep the details of each whiskey you add, how much of the whiskey and when you add it in a recipe form!

The whiskeys you add are entirely up to you. You can get your blend from just Scots, Irish whiskeys, Bourbons, or a mix of all.

Experiment Note #4: At the end of the article, I shared the whiskeys I added to my Infinity bottle in detail.

Before adding any whiskey, it is useful to understand the character of that whiskey by tasting it and to consider what effect it will have on the blend.

A little advice: I recommend being very cautious when adding sooty whiskeys to your blend! As a matter of fact, if you miss the amount of smoked whiskey a little, the balance of the blend will shift to smokey aromas…

4- Waiting Process

Unfortunately, this is the boring part of the job… The whiskeys you add to your blend need to wait for a certain period of time to fully mix with each other (This process is called marrying). While this period may take months in some distilleries, a period of 1-2 weeks will be sufficient for this experiment.

5- Tasting Time!

It's time to taste your blend that you prepared with great enthusiasm and effort. Try to understand the aromas of your blend by first smelling it and then tasting it. Is the resulting character in line with the whiskey you're aiming for?

If the resulting blend is not what you want, try to diversify your formula by adding different whiskeys. If the blend is what you want, you can still add similar whiskeys or you can aim to reach new tastes by adding different things.

Each time you add whiskey to your infinity bottle, try to smell the changes (it can be a little difficult to taste each time you drink it, and you can detect finer details by smelling). Write down the date and your tasting notes at each tasting. In this way, you can clearly observe the change of the bottle.


& Whiskey Infinity Bottle

12.07.18

  • As I mentioned in my article, I use my main malt for my blend. Aberlor 12 I set it as. This is because, as a Speyside whiskey, I don't think Aberlor 12 will be compatible with the whiskeys I will add later. Other reasons for my choice are that I don't like Aberlour 12 very much and that I find it successful in terms of price-performance.
  • The whiskeys I put in my empty Monkey Shoulder bottle are as follows:
  • Now I will wait 2-3 weeks for the taste and smell of the whiskeys to mix thoroughly (marriage) and at the end of this time I will taste it with great curiosity.

07.08.18

  • 25 ml was tasted.
  • My Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Fruity notes such as pear and apple are accompanied by slightly straw-like scents and far behind, sooty and salty scents. As the glass airs, the scents of sherry, caramel, oak and bitter become more pronounced.
    • Palate: Salty and sooty aromas are evident. Sharp and dry. As they waited, dried fruit, citrus and bitter flavors increased. It created a slightly bitter sensation like ash.
    • Finish: Long, dry and hot. Spices and dried fruits.
    • Overall: Although I like the rich aromas on the nose, I found the character on the palate a bit unbalanced. Although I put very little of Talisker Dark Storm in my formula, it made itself felt more than enough and surpassed other aromas...
  • After tasting, add 25 ml to my infinity bottle to break the sooty and salty character of my blend a little and to extract sherry flavors. Dalmore 12 I added. Let's see how the next tasting will be...

08.01.19

  • 25 ml was tasted.
  • My Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Surprisingly sweet scents are intense. Sweet notes reminiscent of strawberry gum, candy apples, or even the scented erasers we used in elementary school. It's pretty light. There is no trace of soot and salt that I bought in the previous tasting.
    • Palate: It has a very spicy and hot character on the palate. Woody flavors are evident. I would say almost painful. I bought flavors that I can describe as slightly sour-sweet. Dried fruit and almonds.
    • Finish: Medium length, dry and warm. Bitter, almond and dried fruits.
    • Overall: After the previous tasting, I added Dalmore 12 to my blend to break the sooty and salty flavors. It seems that I have achieved this goal, but I seem to have lost a lot with soot and salt. I cannot say that I particularly like the sweetness of the nose and the intense woody aromas on the palate.
  • It is really surprising that whiskey changes so much despite a very small touch… Actually, the purpose of this experiment is to actually experience it!
  • Up to 25ml in my infinity bottle, hoping it will add some rich fruity flavors and soot to the blend. Lagavulin Distillers Edition I added. We will see the results…

I will be regularly sharing my additions to my infinity bottle and my tasting notes…

2 Responses

  1. sabrit81@gmail.com

    What is the latest status of the infinity bottle?

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