Whiskey Vanilla beans in bourbon?

Discussion in 'Whiskey, Wine & Other Booze' started by beersandbears, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. beersandbears


    May 26, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    I was at the big international farmers market in Atlanta (Dekalb) yesterday, and I saw a pint sized whiskey bottle pre-loaded with 3 full sized Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans for $13.99. I didn't but it, but it got me thinking. The "sell" was that you can pour half a bottle of your favorite bourbon in it and it will absorb the vanilla. Has anyone tried just dropping vanilla beans in a decent shelf bourbon? Any good? Ratios? Any success stories with specific bourbons? I have a ton of bourbon at the house, and wouldn't mind experimenting with a Knob Creek or Elijah 12 if some of you have had good results. Thanks!
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  2. quirkzoo


    Apr 10, 2013
    The Misty Mountains
    I love to make infusions, usually when I have about 8oz left in a bottle I will pour it into a half pint mason jar with some other ingredient.

    Makers mark + mint, for mint juleps
    Makers mark + coffee beans
    Eagle Rare + cardamom
    Buffalo trace + vanilla

    It is always tasty but usually it is more of a novelty.
  3. juanmalamunga


    Dec 3, 2014
  4. B Reye

    B Reye

    Jul 4, 2015
    Penngrove, California
    I make my own vanilla extract with vodka and bottom shelf bourbon and use it for various cooking/baking applications. Never tried it with my favorite bourbon to drink though. The bottom shelf bourbon is ok but I wouldn't want to have a glass of it. Play around with ratios.
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  5. jtmartino


    Jan 15, 2014
    We do the same thing with vodka as well as moonshine or clear whiskies. Really awesome stuff and a little vanilla goes a long way.
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  6. Tyrsis


    Sep 29, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Honestly, just try it. The only barrier here is that vanilla beans can be expensive. I personally steep chai in bourbon and make old fashioneds with it. I love it.
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