Vatting your own malts is an activity that many enthusiasts often experiment
with during whisky tastings. The now defunct MASS group created some very
tasty drams including Macalsiker and Ardfarclas. Loco Barley
has hosted vatting parties and here is a link to his infamous
"Vatting in the Vat Cave with Slur Dave of the Local
Barley" party held in 2005 (I created some foul oily vattings that party for
sure - stilll have some samples if anyone is interested in experiencing an example of
my "special talent" of being able to unerringly create a whole that's
consistently less than the sum of its parts.)
PLOWED is always looking for the edge and S'tan found it at
Whisky Hill Dram Jam in 2003 when he demonstrated the
now infamous mouth vatting technique. No guessing here, you simply jack
directly into the drams (think The Matrix here) and adjust the components on the fly. Here are a
series of photos "demon"strating another of S'tan's unholy talents.
Don't try this without a spotter the first few times, it's trickier than it
Proud to be PLOWED!
S'tan announces he's about
to debut a new PLOWED dramming technique
He raises the glasses with an
obviously evil glee... I think he's been practicing!
S'tan carefully begins
to mouthvat and delicately tweaks the component proportions
You notice the glass in his right
hand is now providing a larger proportion.
The mouth vatting complete - he
Success! Another PLOWED legend is born.
I need to check my tasting notes from this event
to document what WAS in those glasses, but as you can see in this photo he had
plenty of raw material to choose from that day on Whisky Hill (and any other day
for that matter).
Well done S'tan - you ARE de'mon!
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