It is possible to buy 10 litre barrels, made from quality oak, from many outlets here around Sydney. Their appeal is precisely what is being asked of here......the ability to pour your preferred beverage (port / whisky / sherry / whatever) in and start a form of vatting, whilst actually
continuing a real maturation process with the wood.
The suggestion doesn't strike me as stupid or a joke. How effective it would be with multiple bottles of Chivas Regal is questionable, but the theory sounds fine to me. (Again, assuming it was a 10 litre barrel or similar size).
I didn't know that Chivas Bros. made any good whisky ever!
Very harsh and inaccurate comment there, Lord P. Had you said "Chivas Regal", I'd agree with you 100%, but you did
say Chivas Bros., and since they were responsible for producing two of the best malts I've ever tasted (private bottlings of Glen Grant and Glenlivet respectively), I must object!