DIY Corner: Filtering Scotch

So someone apparently found this blog looking for ways to refill Johnny Walker bottles, presumably because of all the counterfeiting coverage I’ve been posting lately.

For the record, I have no clue how to do this, at least not well enough to fool anyone into buying a refilled bottle commercially — although now that I’m thinking about it, I’m actually curious how this is done. So if anyone happens by with some counterfeiting knowledge, please feel free to share.

In any case, my quick and dirty Internet search for refill how-tos turned up empty. But I did find this little gem on how to filter scotch to “improve” the flavor.

The summary: Buy a Brita water filter but save some cash by not buying the pitcher. Cut holes in the filter, place it in a bowl (you saved money on the pitcher, remember?), and pour in the scotch, in this case Johnny Walker Black Label ($25, BevMo). Mess around until the gritty black bits stop showing up in your glass. Enjoy.

The author claims he salvaged a $40 bottle of Black Label this way by removing the aftertaste of “burned rubber.”

The inspiration apparently came from the theory, widely disseminated on the Internet, that filtering cheap vodka through a Brita water filter can make it good enough to rival top shelf brands like Belvedere.

Despite anecdotal evidence that this really does work, the Mythbusters took it on in episode 50 and busted it. Their double blind tests showed successive filtering did improve the flavor, but top shelf vodka beat the crap out of the cheap filtered stuff every time. Also chemical analysis revealed no difference between the filtered and non-filtered vodkas.

I may come back to this with a Scotch Brita test at some point. Ludicrous, maybe. But this blog is less than a week old, and I’m already resorting to ridiculous stunts like this one for fresh material. Help me out with some comments, already.

~ by whisky1 on August 17, 2008.

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