Barrels can be tricky. When they’re full of spirit, the wood swells and flexes into a tightly sealed monument to deliciousness.
Once emptied, they dry and shrivel as weeks turn into months. The heads shift around, metal hoops loosen, and a once proud barrel can slowly crumble into a sloppy pile of wood and metal.
But - if you’re able to tease a bit of life back into the oak, you can discover a cache of amazing flavors that were once thought lost.
Right now, the Crowded Barrel crew is attempting to rehydrate 2 old Laphroaig barrels. The wooden staves are packed with Scotchy flavor, but the barrels are dry - very dry. One barrel in particular is leaking rainwater as fast as it’s put in.
The game-plan? Completely submerge both barrels in rainwater for 2 days to help the wood tighten. Afterwards, we’ll decide what kind of voodoo stands between us and an amazing new whiskey aged in used Laphroaig barrels.
Rise up you dry bones, and claim the glory you once swore upon these raised glasses.
The Whisk(e)y Tribe commands it!
~ The Magnificent Bastard
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‘It’s the world upside down’, Patrick says. ‘Rye whisky is being made by say about seven Scottish distillers right now. This was unheard of 10 years ago’. At the location of Zuidam’s new planned distillery 42 hectares (103 acres) of grain is grown for the production of whisky and genever. Due to the dry weather the yield of our rye harvest was great last year, which sounds strange. A lot of farmers are very willing to grow barley, rye or corn after they have grown potatoes and sugar beets. Grass is not very profitable…
James Beauregard Beam was distilling bourbon well before Prohibition, and when Prohibition ended, he was eager to do it again. At the news of Repeal, Jim Beam (as he was commonly known) turned to his son Jeremiah, his brother Park Beam and Park’s two sons, Carl and Earl, and said, "boys, time for us to get back to work."…
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