Last night at Holiday Cocktails with Nils and Dave a curious bottle was passed around the room filled with what Dave dubbed “insti-age”. 

brown insti-age with clear (!) Laird's in the background

For a previous event, Dave had put some bourbon in his rotary evaporator in order to separate out the alcohol and and non-volatile compounds from the oak flavors – in essence, creating wood-less bourbon.  This was a pretty unique spirit, as by law bourbon must be aged in new, charred barrels.  He proceeded to make a wood-less bourbon and clarified apple juice cocktail that was completely clear and packed quite a punch. 

The bourbon separating trick was repeated with Laird’s, which explains why the bottle in the picture above is clear (it was also 130 proof – who needs that added water?).   At Dave’s suggestion, the class played around with adding the insti-age to the “unoaked” Laird’s to see how the flavor changed.

adding insti-age to my cup of Laird's

After 10-15 drops, my Laird’s tasted like Scotch.  Sounds odd at first, but makes complete sense because the volatile oak compounds are absent from the insti-age, therefore mirroring the used barrels in Scotch whisky production.

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One response to “Insti-age

  1. John Bick

    What is insta-age?

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