In the seminal and terrifying 1971 children’s film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the signature candy created by the eccentric titular character Gene Wilder is Everlasting Gobstopper. The spherical puzzle-like candy constantly changes color and flavor when enjoyed, but it never goes away. It’s supposedly delicious.
Infinity whiskeys can best be described as the adult form of Everlasting Gobstopper. Unlike their fictitious candy counterpart, they can exist in real life. Similar to the Gobstopper, they can be definitely tasty. They are created by mixing whiskeys in a single container; whatever is poured is replenished with a new and different juice, creating an ever-changing flavor profile. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the spirits world – which first struck the collective consciousness of whiskey geeks around 2012 or so. It has since developed a cult following among professional bartenders and hardcore whiskey enthusiasts. There’s a good reason for this: When done correctly, infinity bottles can create a unique flavor profile that exists temporarily at a specific time and enjoyed by only a few people lucky enough to be around, like a bedtime. of colored sun not bound by photographic evidence.
The beauty of an Infinite Whiskey is that its construction can range from simple to complex, depending on the time, effort and resources that an individual can access. For the home drinker inclined to collect their fair share of bottles, the simple act of carefully combining drops and drops of whiskey in a 750 milliliter bottle can spark a happy intrigue. This is something retired lawyer turned whiskey collector David Stewart certainly understands. He currently has a quartet of Infinite Bottles in his Los Angeles home, forged from the collection of nearly 100 brown juice bottles that he keeps in his homemade whiskey cupboard. “I have a high-end Irish, a budget Irish, a good scotch, an American single malt and a good bottle of bourbon,” he says. “I do it for fun, but I also do it out of nostalgia. I thought it would be a sentimental way to still have a few of my favorites, even after they’re gone.
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The pros who create endless whiskeys can sometimes turn the concept into a project of esoteric ambition that can practically make a whiskey geek’s brain burn spontaneously. The infinite whiskey created at Black Rock in London particularly pushes the idea to its limit. Their is an ever-evolving blend nestled in a trough lined with oak moats carved out of the center of a massive tree cut in half. Faucets protrude from the edge of the tree, allowing those sitting around the long, table-shaped piece of wood to access the juice. According to Black Rock co-owner Tristan Stephenson, the profile of the liquid is constantly being adjusted to guide it towards a specific flavor profile or to match the mood of a certain season. The uniqueness of an ever-evolving whiskey served from the inside of a tree makes it an essential to order, whatever its taste. “Most people will drink from the tree the first time they visit it,” says Stephenson. “When we know it’s their first time here, we usually ask them, ‘Why are you looking at the menu? Try it. ‘ “
For adventurous drinkers, the urge to try a unique whiskey with fleeting and fluctuating flavors can seem overwhelming. If you fall into this class, you might be inspired to start your own infinity bottle at home. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also be educational. “President” It can also help people get to know their own palate better, which can help them better appreciate the whiskey they like. “
How to Make Your Own Infinity Whiskey
Building an infinite whiskey bottle at home doesn’t require an elaborate setup, nor does it necessarily require a large collection of juices at home. Technically, all you need to get started is a few different whiskeys and an empty bottle. But those basic requirements don’t make juice building a free game, either. VinePair turned to a few infinity whiskey veterans to determine their best practices for starting and maintaining this unique form of liquid delight.
Step 1: Take the right approach
There is only one goal that you should have in mind when brewing Infinite Whiskey before you begin the process: to create the best whiskey possible. As such, building an infinity whiskey should never be considered new, although building one can be a fun project. “You’re going to want to drink what you make at some point, so you have to strive to make it good and drinkable,” says Brenden Burley, bar manager at Craft House in Dana Point, Calif. “You don’t want it’s just a bunch of leftover bottles. If you do that, you’re essentially recreating a dump truck.”
Step 2: Select and prepare the right bottle
When you are ready to build your Infinity Whiskey, you should always start with an empty bottle thoroughly cleaned with soap and water. Don’t cheat by starting with a whiskey that’s already in its original bottle. “If you do this, your Infinite Whiskey will still taste and smell like that original whiskey because it has lived in its bottle for so long,” says Burley.
The size of the bottle can be important when selecting a container. This decision depends on how often you will tap into the elixir. “You don’t want to let your bottle run out,” Stephenson says. “If you plan to drink a lot of it, a larger bottle will increase your chances of keeping your whiskey. “
Once your bottle is full, it is important to store it in an environment away from excessive heat or light. If you don’t, your juice can lose flavor and alcohol. You should also make sure that the cap of the bottle you are using is always on a snug fit. “A seal that is not airtight can let in air,” says Sweet. “It might soften the whiskey a bit, which might cause it to lose some of the bite you want.” “
Step 3: Choose your base
As the flavors of an endless whiskey change with each addition, the first whiskey you select for your project sets the tone. This spirit of openness doesn’t have to be expensive or grand. Starting things off with a 1.5 to 2 ounce dram of an everyday sipper will do just fine, as long as the sipper is the one you normally enjoy. “Don’t start with something you think is crap,” Stephenson cautions. “If you do, you’re still going to be chasing your tail, so to speak.”
Step 4: Choose a whiskey to add
You’ll want to endlessly fill your bottle about halfway with a few drams of other spirits after you’ve established the base. However, there is no specific time when these juices need to be added. The whiskeys start to mix the moment they come in contact with each other, so you can add more whenever you feel like it. “I add something every time I open a bottle,” says Stewart. “If the infinity bottle gets too close to the fill line, I’ll pour one or two to make it lighter.”
Choosing the right whiskey to add takes a little more conscious thought. For example, a stronger whiskey will be more difficult to introduce as it could potentially dominate the mix, especially if you add a larger amount to the mix. Introducing different types of whiskey into an infinite bottle, like adding an American single malt to a high bourbon blend, can also be a tricky task. “If you’re mixing different genres, be prepared for some ups and downs,” Sweet says. “If you’re not careful, you’ll have more lows than highs. “
Step 5: Taste test
When making infinite whiskey, you don’t necessarily have to pour something into the bottle and hope for the best. If you are not sure how a new alcohol will react to your homemade juice, first mix the two in a small glass or beaker and give it a taste (just be sure to cut down on them. respective proportions). If you close this container hermetically, you can return to the mixture and note the evolution of its taste over a few days. If you like what you taste, proceed to add.
If you aren’t experimenting and the new whiskey you just added takes the mind in an unwanted direction, don’t worry. Some whiskeys take the time to play well with each other; giving them a few days to settle down together may give better results. If the whiskey is still too hard for your taste after this period of standing, you don’t necessarily have to try to correct it with another spirit. “Don’t be afraid to add water if you need it,” Sweet says. “The water will help you complete your mixture. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Even the value of a pipette can do the trick.
Step 6: Enjoy the fruits of your labor
When you’ve gotten your Infinite Whiskey to a point that puts you in a happy place, pour a glass and enjoy its results. Share it with a friend if you are feeling generous. Reflect on the trip you took with the bottle and smile at all the twists and turns you had along the way. Don’t drink it all. Remember, this is not called a finished whiskey.