🚨 ALERT 🥃 BOURBON NERDS 🚨 Introducing One Bourbons INFINITY BARREL! Also known as a Solera Barrel, we used our very own @journeymandistillery Silver Cross barrel. Come try this one-of-a-kind today! Flavors will change every time you try it 😍
Update on the progress of the mini barrel experiments as I'm pouring out the latest which actually turned out pretty nice. A big improvement over where it started.
This batch was a bunch of random single malts from various countries I poured into the barrel after having aged some cognac to the point of being a tad overoaked. Right now it's tasting of malt, cognac, peat and lots of cocoa, fruit, char, spice and oak. Those Uuahouua single malts were quite "not good" before going in, but after marrying with other whisky and the peated cognac barrel it's more than drinkable.
To date this barrel has held bourbon, various blended scotches mixed with Finlaggan, cognac and now single malts. Next up I'm thinking I'm going to take a bunch of rums and mix them in to make a rum cask to later aged some American single malts in. Then who knows from there!
Infinity Barrel Update: The cognac was removed on Friday and either I sampled it a bit more than I thought I did or those Angel's are REALLY greedy right now. Either way, the lightly peated cognac blend isnt half bad.
With the cognac removed I grabbed various single malts and blended malts to fill the cask. Ended up using 2 Austrian single malts, and Indian single malt and some good old @monkeyshoulder .
Tasting now after marrying over the weekend and first thing I notice is the peat has seeped a bit into the whisky and it's gotten darker, but I'm not getting much in the way of Cognac. Though I will say this. Aside from the Monkey shoulder, I'm already a bigger fan of the sum than the parts.
That Austrian stuff was rough, but the addition of some good malt and a cognac soaked peated cask has helped round it out a bit in just 3 days. Excited to see what 4 more will do!
Mini barrel getting some sun. Hoping the exposure to sun and the heat of the Los Angeles days and cool of the fall nights will help it expand and contract and get that spirit deeper into the wood. Before it becomes a bourbon #InfinityBarrel it needs to become less reactive.
Infinity Barrel Update: The mishmash of, mostly, white whiskeys have been in the barrel for a week now and look at how quickly the color has deepened. The taste is exactly what you think it would be... like a mishmash of white whiskey. No real flavor has been imparted yet, but I didn't expect that in week.
However, this quick addition of color shows just how reactive this barrel is and exactly why I'm essentially stripping it before moving fully aged whiskey into it for an Infinity barrel.
The 2.5 gallon barrel has been filled with water for 3 days and no more leaks, it's ready for the mixing of the white whiskeys! The #InfinityBarrelProject is officially starting today.
You might be saying to yourself "The Whiskey Jug has lost his damn mind, that's going to taste like shit". If you are you're right and you're wrong.
You're right that it's going to taste like shit, you're wrong that I've lost my mind. During my experiment with the 2.2 liter mini barrel I found after 3 weeks the blend took on too much oak and went from good to less-than-good. To combat this I'm going to use the "moonshine" to pull out some of the char and slow down the barrel's influence on the infinity mix. I want it to be there, but I dont want it to over oak inside of 3 months.
Day 1 to 7 of #30DaysOfBourbon is also every day tasting and noting how it changes everyday. Then topping off with some oddball samples & picks. It's not #InfinityBarrel, it's #KitchenSink of 16 whiskies & 0.5Oz of late bottle vintage port. It's not horrible yet.
Recent acquisitions. Empty Hibiki bottle for either Poor Man’s Pappy or an #infinitybarrel. Thoughts? 1 OWA for me, another for a friend. Why are these so hard to find? And then 2 Jefferson’s Oceans Wheated a for a new #instafriend because for some reason Denver has lots of these. Buy one if you haven’t yet. #bourbon#bourboncommunity#freedom