Hi I'm new to this site and had a question about "vatting", I think.
I understand that bourbon doesn't mature in the bottle but it does mature in charred oak barrels.
I was considering buying a 1 gallon small charred oak barrel from a place down in Kentucky. They say its the same kinda barrels used for bourbon but smaller.
If I get the barrel and fill it with some of my favorite bourbons, what will happen to it if I leave it locked away in a safe place for a few years?
What happens to bourbon as it sits in the charred oak barrel? Does it gain in potency?
What about a single gallon barrel with a serving spout to house a nice mixture of my favorite bourbons and periodically adding bits of ones I like to it over the years.
With this idea I was worried about air.
I figure the repeated opening and closing to add other brands, along with the barrel never being totally full might negatively effect it.