As I mentioned in a past post, the Doctor and I held a whiskey unity ceremony as part of our wedding. Our families and wedding party helped us fill a 10 litter barrel with base alcohol which will eventually become (cask strength) high-rye bourbon on our first anniversary.
The instructions we got from the incredibly helpful people at Grand Traverse Distillery also included keeping a half litter back to top the barrel off later. The theory goes that if you fill the barrel up to its maximum 10 litters all at first, if the temperature goes up later, the liquid can swell and crack he barrel resulting in a leak. The safer option is to wait for some of the liquid to evaporate after a few months, and then pour the last half litter in to finish aging. It’s now about 6 months later, so it’s time to top off the barrel with the last half litter.
I also felt it was time to taste how things are coming along. At this point the whiskey is technically bourbon, although it’s not done yet. Its color and nose are coming along nicely, but unsurprisingly, it’s a bit hot on the tongue. I added a dash of water, and it was tasting good. I’m looking forward to tasting it when it’s done on our anniversary.