OKDiver1 wrote:I finally got my 2 liter barrel from mardel souza. Took them about 3 weeks... Talk about aging.
It's curing with water now. Next I will use an amontillado sherry for 3 or 4 weeks. And then, I will fill it with either a Lismore, Tamdhu 10 or one of the McClellands, all cheaper SMS. No blends, for authenticity(!).
Maybe the second time around, but not now.
Glad to see somebody else is doing what I am doing. Mine only took 5 days to arrive, maybe Texas is closer? Its Fedex.
I think I will play with the sherry during finishing.
I would recommend the McClelland Islay. I tasted some after 7 months and there definitely is improvement all around.
Watch the evaporation. I lost 50% from a 1L barrel from evaporation after 7 months. They recommend to keep the level almost full when loss is detected.
Let us know what happen.