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    Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    I am in the process of getting my new 2L American Oak barrel(I retail them) curred and ready to take a filling of Bourbon.
    I would like to hear peoples thoughts on what bourbon I should use first. I am hoping that on each fill the barrel will not only transfer the characteristics from the wood but the previous bourbon used, so I would like to use a fairly 'strong' product first.

    I have just emptied a bottle a Scotch into another barrel for the same purpose, I used a bottle of Glenfiddich 21yr old Gran Reserva

    Troy.

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    I have just emptied a bottle a Scotch into another barrel for the same purpose, I used a bottle of Glenfiddich 21yr old Gran Reserva

    Yeah, you know, I've often thought that all that 21yo Glenfiddich needed to make it a really great dram was a little more time in the wood.

    Why'd you pick that one?

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    I just screamed in horror.

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    I just screamed in horror.
    Me too! Yikes.

    Although it's already a very good Bourbon I want to try regular Wild Turkey 101. Visions of Tribute are dancing in my head. We'll see.

    I would suggest Maker's Mark would be a good choice. It seems to need more time. Doug's project with Ancient Age is, of course a great choice.

    Ken

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    Are you charring the barrels or leaving them unburned?

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    Wouldn't you think they should be charred?? I would.

    Ken

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    Wouldn't ya put scotch in a new barrel to "set it up" for more scotch? I don't understand why you would put scotch in a new barrel to set it up for bourbon...I could understand using bourbon to set up scotch, or some sherry to set up for the scotch...You got some xplainin' to do Troy!

    curious dougdog...

    (BTW my ultimate goal with my bourbon re-barrel project is to age scotch when the last round of bourbon has peaked and the barrel is ready to give to the scotch....yea, you could say that my little barrels are slated for much longer use that just the bourbon project...I'm thinkin' way past that)

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    Gee have I created a topic here....
    Dougdog I have two barrels
    -one for Scotch(which has the first bottle in it)
    -one for Bourbon

    BTW my ultimate goal with my bourbon re-barrel project is to age scotch when the last round of bourbon has peaked and the barrel is ready to give to the scotch....
    This is what I am planning also....
    Once the barrels have finished their re-ageing, well then I am thinking about swaping the barrels around - fill the Scotch barrel with Bourbon and so on....

    Now I must point out that I don't make these barrels myself, I simply buy them from a distributer and retail them. I must also point out that these barrels have been charred, which I was totally suprised at as I really didn't think that the manufacturers would go to that length with only such small size barrels.

    Wow guys I really didn't expect to get such a response from this topic
    Why is every one so shocked at my emptying of the Scotch into my first barrel....
    I would have expected many more people to have already done this
    Great to read everyones thoughts though on this subject
    Troy.
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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    They are charred Ken...I have posted a new reply in this topic this morning...check it out.
    Cheers
    Troy.

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    Re: Help on choosing a Bourbon to Re-Barrel

    The reason I chose the Gran Reserva was for a few reasons...
    -Low Cost(because I am a whisky retailer)
    -I am hoping that the characteristics from the rum will impart itself into the wood.
    Once I have finished re-ageing the Scotch I will be putting probably a bourbon in the next fill.
    Check out the new post I put up earlier
    Cheers
    Troy @ Bar Items Plus, Australia.

 

 

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