I'm waiting for mine from the German (comes with 34 yo Port Ellen!)
I was thinking of taking out the bottom shelf of my red wine cooler (ok I lose the ability to store 4 open bottles of red
) and putting it in there for the constant 18 deg temperature?
I presume I got mine from the same guy ... along with a 29yo Bunnahabhain and quite tasty. As you say very good value if you ask me .... the first taste of the bunny was a bit weird not but once I let it breath it was great. I put this down to the rubber stopper he uses to ship the whisky with but he also provides a plain cork stopper for sealing once it is opened.
No way am I going to put that in my mini cask though ....
Probably just a sales gimmick but well worth it. I suppose if you were going to drink it fairly
Cask filled with water 48hrs at this stage so will wait another 24.
In relation to storage conditions.... here is my take on it. I would reckon a shed is the best place as it is relatively cool but as Iain says you do need fluctuations in your temp to help in the aging process, I personally think that the attic(or loft) would be too hot in summer, unless you had some insulation against it. Thick cardboard box might do the trick . I think in Kentucky and places like that they have very high evaporation rates due to the hot summers (especially on the higher floors of their maturing sheds) and after 10years can lose over 50% of contents. In a very small cask that is too much to lose and it would probably happen in one summer ....
Remember in a warehouse or dunnage even though they talk about temp variations these are still very cool places in summer and we are talking about a change of a few degrees from winter to summer not 20.