Fortifying with Bourbon

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Al Hatfield

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I’m making a blueberry/ plum port and am thinking about what to use for fortifying. I had an idea and want to know if anyone has tried it and what their results were. If I fortify with bourbon will it impart some of the charred oaky vanilla flavor of bourbon? It sounds good in theory. I was thinking either a very oaky one or a high alcohol one like Wild Turkey.
 

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I would not use bourbon, way too strong flavored, too oakey. A really good rum like Diplomatico or even a spiced rum like Kraken, NOT Cap Morgan
 

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It depends whether you want to keep your original port? flavour. High ABV Vodka or Evercleer, plus maybe a flavour pack. As sour-grapes says do some bench trials, have some fun. Enjoy!
 

Danny C

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I have a similar question as Al. I would like to "fortify" my Toasted Caramel Dessert Wine. Any ideas? Was originally thinking bourbon as well but do not want to alter the taste much. Thanks
 

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To my mind, the flavors of brandy would go along with "toasted caramel."
 

Danny C

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Additional question. How much should I add to a 3 gallon carboy and do just before bottling? Thanks, just trying this for the first time.
 
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