My usual haunt, Kensington Wine Market, brought in a product called Whisky Works. In the box are the following:
1 litre American White Oak cask, toasted to medium char
750 ml of 3 year oldwhisky that is a blend of Single Malt Scotches from 8 to 10 various parts of Scotland (nonidentified), 3 - 12 year olds, with 1% Canadian Single Malt Whisky (so that it is a Canadian product)
They suggest one primes the cask for three days with water, empty it, and then add the whisky provided. There you have your own little cask (it is so very cute) and one can sample at will to taste it throughout the maturation process. It matures fairly quickly due to the small size of the cask.
Rather than sticking to the original plan, I decided to fill the cask with other types of alcoholic beverages before adding the whisky. The first cask had a cheap vintage style port (whatever that means) resting in it for 1 month. The second had a more pricey armagnac. I am not sure what to do with the third cask. I might not even use the whisky provided; I might use some other Single Malt Whisky. Of course, one can reuse the cask, too.
The first round of fun is to taste the port, armagnac, etc., to see how the cask alters its flavour. The next is to taste the whisky throughout its maturation. A few of us are trading notes and using different types of alcohol for the second priming. It has been a wonderful way to connect with like-minded people.
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This does indeed look like fun, and answers the prayers of a number of posters here who have been looking for just such a thing.
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also, I may be inclined to seek advice from some professional/s as to what to do & how to do it (it could end up an expensive mistake?).
anyway, sounds super fun and I'd love to do it myself or sample something from an attempt..... next time I'm in Calgary, I should look into this.
Well it used to be 1lt but a little angle had to have his share
Can't wait for it to arrive.
For any European people interested I got it of an Ebay shop...
the deal I got was 1ly of 30yo Bunnahabhain and a cask to my door for 120Euro
Just hope the Bunny is worth it but I do not have hugh expectations anyway but will let ye know what it's like.
I'm more interested in te cask anyway for a bit of mature fun
If you're curious, visit Christie's Corner http://christie-corner.blogspot.com/search/label/Whisky. I've tasted only once. We started in January and I'm holding out hope I can resist consuming it until our anniversary in October.
Willie JJ wrote:Still it doesn't sound too bad getting a litre of 30yo Bunny for 120 Euros, let alone the cask.
I'm not expecting a classic but as you say for the money it can't be that bad a deal.
Unless of course it is new make bunny and I have to csak it for 30yrs to get my 30yo bunny
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