Mature Your Own Kit
Mature Your Own Kit Details
Mature Your Own Kit Bottling Note
What’s all this then? Well my friends – this is possibly the replacement for sliced bread in the ‘Best thing’ stakes.
In this kit, you’ll find a 1 litre (well – one and a bit litres) freshly toasted Kentucky Oak barrel of Medium to heavy char, and 2 x 500ml bottles of new-make spirit (made entirely from Malted Barley).
Directions: Put the new-make into the barrel (using the dinky little stainless steel funnel provided), wait for anywhere between a few days and a few months, and enjoy.
A few pointers:
First – you’ll need to give the tap a good old whack to ‘seat’ it in the barrel. Don’t go nuts and break the barrel, but ‘pushing it in’ isn’t enough.
Second – if the hoops around the barrel feel a bit loose, or there’s a bit of seepage from the cask ends when you fill it, you might want to bung a bit of hot water in before you fill it to help the wood expand and become watertight (liquor-tight?). Barrels are constructed without the use of any glue, and rely on the tension/compression of the staves against the other staves/hoops to keep them watertight.
Third – The fact that these barrels are made from Fresh Oak means that the first fill will be incredibly powerful in terms of Oak influence. You’ll be able to re-use the barrel at least two more times before the oak influence wanes.
Finally – The rate of evaporation from these puppies is quite large. The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, the surface area to volume ratio of the barrel is very high, and secondly, you’re probably not going to keep it at as low a temperature as you’d find in a warehouse in Scotland. You can probably expect to lose between 3% and 5% per month if you’re keeping them at room temperature.
If you ever find yourself in need of some more new-make, you can simply buy more here.
What is the new-make spirit
Which distillery does the new make spirit originate from?
28th October 2012
Received this gift as a birthday present.
A novel and quirky idea but the proof of the pudding will be in the drinking so these are my initial comments:
Kit arrived without any form of instructions. Had to phone and was told to access the site. Could do with a simple card referencing the web-site.
The "instructions" on the web-site are rather poor eg states that leave in barrel for days or months. It could advise what to expect as time goes on eg the colour changes, the taste, when to sample.
Further feedback in due course, and looking forward to sampling.
21st December 2012
woohoo! it's here
Taste AND Satisfaction
received my kit today and filled the cask with port to add a port finish to the whisky. My first thought was that the cask was smaller than I expected, but when I added the port it ended up taking 3 750ml bottles of wine. Almost twice what it claimed! I am going to need more new-make, or perhaps I will blend something to top it off with? I get the impression jura 16 would work great but I'm not sure I want to sacrifice such a fine whisky to a first time experiment...
5th February 2013
I bought one of these kits for my Father as a Christmas present as a change from buying his usual bottle of whisky. We sampled the fruits of the first maturation last week (6 months after putting the new-make in the barrel) and I was very impressed and surprised at the quality of the Whisky! It was obviously very oaky as it was the first maturation in the barrel, but that wasn't the first thing hit me when I tasted it. It was sweeter and smoother than I expected and had a caramel flavour first before the woody oakiness came through. I would've loved to have tried more but Dad wanted to leave it for a bit longer to mellow out.
As well as the quality of the whisky, the kit itself is brilliant. Dad managed to get it together without any help from me and there has been no leakages or problems with the barrel, although I think that he did have to visit the website to double-check the setup method, so maybe some more detailed instructions would be useful? Overall though, this is a great piece of kit that is brilliant as a gift or for the whisky enthusiast (or even novice!) looking to try something new. The anticipation of how your whisky is going to turn out adds to the overall value of the kit, plus having your own little whisky barrel around the house is just damn cool.
30th May 2013
So very happy
This is very well made, the wood alone smells lovely and the new make spirit already has a certain character. Thought it would just be like a strong vodka but is certainly has a malty taste, its very nice by its self actually.
27th September 2013
I filled the cask with sherry to season it first and give a big sherry hit to my whisky which I love. After putting the new make in I tasted it after a week out of sheer curiosity. Very very powerful oak flavour but surprisingly smooth. On the nose it already has a strong vanilla note as well as hints of fruit most likely from the sherry. Can't wait to try it after it has been in a few months. Some may think £100 is a bit pricey but I still think its good value, you will learn a lot about whisky and it's a very enjoyable experiment.
2nd October 2013
HELLoooo. I'm curious. Do you have any larger sizes of cask which you'll be putting to Market? Thanks
8th October 2013
Hey there! You can buy the new make separately (http://www.masterofmalt.com/spirit/new-make-malt-spirit/), and there barrels in a variety of sizes (http://www.masterofmalt.com/distilleries/kentucky-oak-barrel/) so yes, you can mature your own in bigger sizes! --The Chaps at Master of Malt
8th October 2013
You say: expect to lose between 3% and 5% per month if you’re keeping them at room temperature.
What would be the best temperature to keep it at?
Thanks from L
9th October 2013
Around 13 degrees, but it would need to be a constant temperature, as any fluctuation would lead to a loss of liquid. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
10th October 2013