Being that I'm of modest funds and space, I bought a 3 liter medium char barrel recently. Being that I'm a rye fiend I wish to rebarrel some form of rye.
Here's what spirits I have ready and my thoughts to go in the barrel:
Because it's such a small barrel I know it will age quickly. So I decided for the main bulk to be Beam rye. Not my favorite but cheap enough for the experiment. Plus it seems light enough in body that it might pick up some interesting flavors from the wood.
I did consider WT rye, however it is more expensive and (I'm guessing) already aged longer (or is it simply darker because it's 101 proof compared to Beam's 80 proof?). Regardless, that's what I have.
Actually, I purchased two liter bottles of the rye and am thinking to enhance it with a little of something else. Currently I'm sitting on a mostly full Old Potrero (18th Cent. style) that's 124.3 proof, which I feel may add a nice dimension and some extra ABV. Plus it was aged only three years or so, AND in uncharred barrels.
As for the final bit of spirit, I'm undecided. I may just go for more Beam rye.
Anyhow, my final thought is on the aging. The barrel is sitting by my west-facing window (the only one with direct sun) and I'm waiting for the season to change because then as the sun sets during the spring and summer months the sun hits the window and heats things up. I would have already barreled the stuff by now but figured I at least try and achieve some measure of temperature changes. I'm thinking due to the expectedly brief time in the barrel I'd attempt to duplicate seasonal temperatures by ulitlizing day/night temperatures. A micro-aging, if you will.
That's all for now. I'm open to any thoughts, questions, and suggestions from those who've rebarreled or not.
A closing question: I'm I just thinking too hard about this? Is such a small barrel going to "get spent" a lot faster than I hope?