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Re: Aging Whiskey

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  • youngblood1435
    Hi Fredrick, If you try some buffalo trace bourbon you will find it has a very oakey fruitee aroma. My hooch seems to lack this. I see you age in oak barrels.
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 26, 2012
      Hi Fredrick,

      If you try some buffalo trace bourbon you will find it has a very oakey fruitee aroma. My hooch seems to lack this. I see you age in oak barrels. Have you ever aged any in glass with oak sticks and if so did you notice any difference?

      Thanks

      Youngblood

      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Fredrick Lee <fredrick@...> wrote:
      >
      > On my system, I've noticed fantastic aroma is more about my cuts than my aging. I've split a batch into two-gallon (thousand oaks) barrels and infusion spirals in a carboy before and found only slight differences. Almost no difference in the nose. Flavor-wise the spirals were very close, but added more promounced caramel taste.
      >
      > What aromas in particular?
      >
      >
      >
      > On Jan 26, 2012, at 12:00, "youngblood1435" <smiththomas9263@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Thanks Bob for your input. the difference is in the smell or nose. I tried a blind taste test with my friends. with their noses blocked the concensus was that my stuff tasted better and was smoother but the factory stuff smelled better. they chose buffalo's whiskey when they could smell it and my stuff when they could n't
      > >
      > > Thanks for your input.
      > >
      > > Youngblood
      > >
      > > In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "tgfoitwoods" <zymurgybob@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Youngblood,
      > > >
      > > > I can't tell you the reasons for the taste difference, but a good
      > > > ('stillin') friend of mine has worked with small (5-gallons, I think)
      > > > barrels, and has made some truly excellent whiskey. Barrels can be
      > > > cranky and tricky. like draining a lot of your booze on the ground when
      > > > you're not looking, and Rick's whiskey is excellent anyway. but it's
      > > > sure a good thing to try.
      > > >
      > > > Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller Making Fine Spirits
      > > > <http://kelleybarts.com/MFS.html>
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "youngblood1435"
      > > > <smiththomas9263@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > I was recently in kentucky at the bourbon trail and I visited Buffalo
      > > > Trace distillery. I bought a used barrel and took it home and put 2
      > > > gallons of water in it and sloshed it around in the basement for a
      > > > couple of months. When I drained it I got 2 gallons of very good whiskey
      > > > at about 80 proof. this whiskey has a very pleasing aroma that my
      > > > homemade stuff does not have even after 3 years of aging on charred oak
      > > > staves in a carboy and aireating frequently, although I think the taste
      > > > of mine is smoother and more flavorfull but it definetly is lacking in
      > > > nose. Sooo I'm thinking that mabye the breathing of the barrel is
      > > > responsible for this. I was thinking of buying a 5 gallon barrel and
      > > > aging my stuff outside in the barn to see if I can improve on my stuff.
      > > > also after the first use refilling with the addition of some fresh
      > > > charred oak staves. would be very interested on what the experts here
      > > > have to say.
      > > > >
      > > > > respectly,
      > > > >
      > > > > Youngblood.
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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