Admiral wrote:(Might have something to do with the fact I've had no sleep lately! New babies do that to you! )
What do old babies do to you?
Add my congrats to the pile, Admiral. They wouldn't be complete without some silly wordplay.
Congrats Admiral! Our 5-month old is now sitting which is great fun. The lying on the mat stage is relaxing but only interesting for about the first 3 months
I concur on both counts; I find sitting to be great fun, as well, especially with a malt in front of me. And yes, three months seems to be the limit for lying on a mat. (Oh, did you mean the baby
sitting and lying on the mat?)
Mr Picky congratulates you for saying "lying", not "laying".
bernstein wrote:What is the 'function' of a finishing?
A cynic might answer that it is to take some substandard whisky and make it saleable--i.e. to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. A more charitable interpretation might be that it is to take perfectly good whisky of which one has a great surplus and put a twist on it, creating a new product. Certainly there are purists who think of finishes as being a short step removed from drowning your malt with coke. I think we have been going through a period of great experimentation with finishes, and ultimately they will settle into being a very small part of the malt business, itself a small part of the whisky business. If a single malt vatting consists of 80% ex-bourbon and 20% ex-sherry, then it's hard to see the harm in making it from 100% ex-bourbon with a few months in sherry; but surely many folks will see port, madeira, rum, or Glen Googly Old Bait Barrel as quite a different thing. There will probably always be some who find the practice a fun and interesting segment of their appreciation, and others who ignore it, much as I generally ignore blends.
One cannot help but wonder, though, what moves, say, Bruichladdich to try a finish in mouvedre casks, and how the mechanics of such an experiment proceed. It would seem an enormous leap of faith to create an entire vatting this way; surely a single barrel must have been tried first, and even that is risking the loss of a potentially valuable barrel. And why mouvedre? Did Mr Reynier wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration? Or did someone call him up one afternoon and say "Hey, I got a whole s***load o' mouvedre barrels lyin' around--ya want 'em?" Some form of the latter scenario seems more likely to me.