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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Week 11 Reply with quote
Ok, it’s time for the week 11 Pussyfoot Johnson Challenge Report. 3 weeks mini-barrel prep and 8 weeks maturing Wasmund's barley cleric in wood.

Below is a photo of the new make, 7, 21, 35, 49 and 56 day aged spirit. I think I broke the back of this minibarrel when I tossed the Four Roses off the cliff in a mere 18 days.

Today I’ll report on the progress here by tasting the New Make, 21. 49 and 56 day old.

Nose on the 56 day sample still speaks of fresh cut grass. Much more balanced than earlier samples but still needs more time. Palate on 56 day old sample staring to become a bit oaky in a young brash way. Not bad but troubling – not sure where this is going. The 49 d.o. sample is more balanced and much less oaky Something changed dramatically between days 45 and 56. Astonishing how far it’s come since the new make and 21 yo even. Really interesting to dram them backwards – you start to see where the flavors come from in the matured spirit. Frankly, the new make is even dramming better against the older matured Wasmunds – really pretty interesting. Starting to get fresh vanilla and coconut on the nose of the 56 do after about 10 minutes – no grassiness or chlorophyll on the nose at all anymore,,, WILD – this is good and reminds me a lot of the old classic bourbon casked springers. Crème/vanilla soda by the ocean. This rocks… Palate now still lags behind the nose a bit but this is getting close to decanting… Hard to tell – still high proof… let’s cut it down a bit…

With water it goes spicy again and the coconut/vanilla palate fade way into the background again. Not what I expected at all. Even the nose is a bit spicier. I knocked it down maybe 5% here. Watered the other samples down similarly and none responded like the 56 do sample did and didn’t stray off their core profile much. The 56 day sample is definitely shifting from the earlier samples in some fundamentally different ways.

Now to watch it closely to decide when to pull the plug and put it into glass for Phase II.

=== ok, it's about 10 min later and I'm cruising up and down the sample bottles as they breath. The difference between the 49 and 56 do samples are amazing and this dram is shifting rapidly - I predict we'll empty the cask within the next 14 days.

After being opened a half hour the difference between the new make and 21 do is stunning. More proof how active these mini barrels are. PAY ATTENTION! Shocked

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