gillmang wrote:Despite the evident differences (which I highlighted) between this product and one such as Lot 40, what they seem to share is the quality of a bourbon or rye mash product (i.e., distilled at a proof traditional to those whiskeys in straight form) aged in barrels that are not new charred barrels. The current Michter's has a product, U.S. No. 1 I believe is the name, which shares a similar trait. Early Times too although it is partly aged in new charred wood. It would be interesting to assemble and taste such products comparatively, to which one might add the 18th century version of Old Potrero.
Gary, as it happens, I have all the above whiskies, save the Early Times, which I presume would be easy to obtain.
However, it is not clear to me what we are comparing. If the only common thread is that they are aged in used cooperage (not used barrels, but uncharred, in the case of the 2 YO Old Potero I have), and are not bourbon and not blended whiskies. Are we looking for the differences twixt themselves or twixt the lot and bourbon? In either case, I am probably not the best fellow to carry out this important work (tongue in cheek).
I will do a 'throwdown' with four of them, comparing them to each other and see if I note any common characteristics that them possess.
But they are different ages (from two to twenty years), different proofs, different recipes, and I expect very different distilleries and methods. I doubt that my palate can draw any meaningful similarities, or, telling distinctions.........other than those that are on the surface.
Tell me a bit more about what you had in mind. My main expectation would be that the sweetness would be less pronounced because I think the majority of it would have been extracted in the first filling of the barrel with the Lot 40, Michter's US 1, and the Hirsch Selection 20 YO. As far as I know we will never know what was in the barrel on the first filling and that too would have a great influence on three of these whiskies.
I am working on my tasting notes now, more out simple curiosity than any belief that I will be able to conclude anything.