Re: My Whisky Barrel Experiment
So, here is a quick post regarding my barrel.
Wow. This sucker worked FAST. Less than 4 weeks after filling, I have emptied my first blend/conditioning batch of whisky. Because this whisky was already aged between 3 and 10-12 years, I wasn't expecting to leave it in for more than a few months. However, the speed at which the wood completely dominated the whisky (McCarthy's and Ardbeg, mind you) astonished me. The smoke and peat now come a distant second to the many new flavors imparted by the char. As I wasn't expecting to empty so soon, I was caught off guard somewhat. Luckily, I already had lined up my next fill (3 L of Buffalo Trace White Dog - Mash #1). I filled the barrel with the same tonight, so now the true experiment begins.... (hopefully) peated bourbon whiskey.
I will make an in-depth post this weekend, when I have more time. Until then, here is a picture of the haul from the barrel. (Note, the extremely dark color and the fact that I lost around 700 mL to absorption into the wood...)
And here are the new contents of the barrel....