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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:07 am    Post subject: Week 1 Reply with quote
 
So, everyone... how went your first week with the kit?

I had a taste of the raw spirit, found that the tasting notes on the bottle are spot-on. Tons of apple and cherry flavors, very light smoke, lots of grassy and hay notes. I'm wondering which ones are going to disappear in the barrel, and which ones will hang around.

Got the cask swelled and a week into my special conditioning process. I expect to get the spirit and other "supporting cast" into the barrel sometime in the first week of August.

How about the rest of you?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Shipped mine off to Mortlach.

Can't wait to assess the progress when I visit in September Twisted Evil


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
ARRGGGH, no fair Charlie ! I didn't even think of that !

My whisky is is aging in the cask, ever since July 11th at 9:00 PM eastern. I'll check it regularly and make sure it's behaving =)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Week 1 Report (delayed because I got my kit late and then couldn't make up my mind what to do..)

I finally started on August 4 by prepping the minicask. Blew it out with compressed air, tried unsuccessfully to char the inside a bit more with a propane torch before giving up and filling it with hot water to soak overnight. Only one tiny leak that was sealed by the next day. Drained and flushed the cask out with warm water until no debris coming out.

Filled the cask with ~1.5 liter of preparatory "solution" and then ran through your typical new barrel voodoo ceremony. Here's a photo early in the ceremony,

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Set up the cask in a window upstairs that has been swinging daily through temp cycles of ~70 - 90 F through much of August. 50% direct sunlight on cask through partially opened blinds.

Most evenings find dried spot below the spigot where it apparently leaked when the cask heated up. At end of week 1 I haven't tasted Wasmund's spirit or checked the cask progress. [in retrospect I wish I had - more on that later]

cheers! DrE



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Week 6.5 report. Tasted mine today... and i think it's a little too strong (what i did with it) So i'm wondering if it would be wrong at this point to buy another bottle of the wasmund's single malt and to fill the rest of the cask with the new bottle to dilute it, and let it age more. It's not bad, just too potent i think.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Tharkis,

Sure, why not? If you hadn't just confessed who would have ever known?

However, if there's no reason to keep it in wood anymore I'd simply buy more Wasmunds and try again.

Now as to how this technically affects your entry I'd have to defer to Ryan, but I'd support this waiver. Plenty of time left to make another run as I'm guessing others are finding out as well. This cask is superfast and somewhat evil - don't let it out of your sight!

On the other hand, given the very high cash value of first place here they may have to be strict and disqualify you. This is cutthroat you know. Twisted Evil If Ryan overrules my decision here I say we delegate Rick Wasmund as the deciding vote and let him call it!

Wait until you read my sad sad Week 3 report after I post it later tonight, I'm pretty sure I ruined my "cask preparation substance" in a mere 18 days... I've never seen anything like it. I'm going to bring it down to next WW for Four Roses Tasting to maybe do a HtH on how NOT to store your precious bourbons... (yes, that was a "hint"...)

cheers! DrE


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Uh oh, I'm worried Tim. The suspense is killing me. Even though the post was already made and I'm about to read it, I already worry for you.


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