Working on my first infinity bottle. But what to put the whiskey in? My family owns a couple of beautiful crystal decanters from the 1970’s, but I don’t trust that they are lead-free. Tests show that older decanters leach significant amounts of lead into their contents if stored for more than a month, so using those older decanters is a no go. Instead, I’m using a Larceny bottle.
It began with 2 parts Larceny 92 proof. Then a week later added 1 part Baker’s Aged 7 Years, 107 proof . The next day, 1 part Old Forester Signature 100 proof.
Surprisingly not bad – and better than the Larceny on it’s own. But it is a bit strong for my tastes (wine is just 12-14% alcohol, while whiskey is generally 80% – but this mix is higher proof!) so I added an ice cube and a splash of water.
I added another ounce from a different whiskey…let it set for a week, but I disliked the result. That’s Ok. So I then added yet another ounce from yet another different whiskey, but a week later it was still pretty bad.
Not a problem. Continued this for 2 more attempts, but nothing good developed. At best the result was tolerable, but nothing was as good as a straight bottle of whiskey. I ended up giving up on this.
Aaron Goldfarb writes about Infinity Bottles:
“…Whenever I had a few ounces left in a bottle and wanted to clear shelf space, I’d pour it into the decanter. I was, it turns out, inadvertently creating my very own “infinity bottle”—a personal history blend that’s become all the rage among whiskey nerds.
The infinity bottle seems to have first entered prominence courtesy of a 2012 video by popular whiskey YouTuber Ralfy Mitchell. He asks “How can you create something which is 100 percent uniquely yours? That is part of your whiskey or spirit drinking history? That becomes, in fact, a family heirloom in time?”
His answer is what he calls a “solera bottle,” likening his experiment to the world of sherry, in which casks are fractionally blended over time via the solera system in order to create consistency.
Using an empty bottle from WhiskyBlender, Mitchell affixed a label to the back in order to keep a running tally of each new whiskey he added, and when. An infinity bottle, he says, can create “a taste that you just can’t buy,” one worth far more than what he paid for the component whiskeys.”