Alright, finally the finished products! It took so long because I waited until all of them were finished and the blueberry bourbon took a while to get some flavor.
I filtered the apple whiskey after 3 days. I think that was the right choice. It definitely has some apple flavor and is smoother, but it retained that whiskey bite at the end of the sip that lets you know there's still alcohol there. Overall I think this one was a success. Not a roaring success though, so I'm interested to try it with crab apples, dried granny smiths, or with a lower ratio next time.
I also finished the cherry whiskey off at the 3 day mark. This one is just silly so depending on what you like you'll either love this or hate it. It barely tastes like whiskey at all. I mean, it has that warm glow taste/feeling but there is no bite and it tastes like cherries. I don't mean like a hint of cherries, I mean like cherries. This is actually WAY smoother than the apple one, but there's so much more flavor infused that I wouldn't recommend doing it if you wanted a smooth whiskey-tasting alcohol. Not 100% sure what I'm going to do with it (other than fight off every girl in a 20 mile radius because this is like their dream in a bottle) but I'll let you know what recipes I end up liking.
And finally the blueberry bourbon that I just filtered today.
<strike>Like I said, there wasn't a lot of flavor that made it through to the bourbon. In some ways that's a good thing because it is still definitely a bourbon. But at the same time I wanted you to at least realize you were getting something different.</strike>
Ok, after writing that I went back and did a mini taste test against what I had left in the original Bulleit bottle. There's definitely more flavor. I obviously couldn't identify it as blueberry (admittedly my palate isn't the most refined) but there is an enhanced sweetness on the front end that goes beyond your standard corn liquor. I'm way more in on this blueberry bourbon now after doing that quick test, and looking forward to trying it in a Boulevardier.