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What’s all this then? It looks like lots of fun! (Because it is...)
In this kit, you’ll find a 1 litre (well – one and a bit litres) freshly toasted American White Oak barrel of medium to heavy char, and 2 x 50cl 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 a few days or weeks (don't forget about them - the rate of evaporation is quite high), and enjoy! You'll get about three uses before the oak influence wanes, so you can fill 'er back up with more new-make, or something completely different, such as your favourite cocktail!
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 expect to lose a fair old percentage per month if you’re keeping them at room temperature so keep an eye on them!
If you ever find yourself in need of some more new-make, you can simply buy more here.
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I noticed a few unhappy reviews, and I thought it was worth pointing out a few tips. the woodinville brewing company has a youtube video on how to barrel age your own "white dog" whiskey, which includes tips on how to prevent leakage, choose end proof, and calculate aging time. if you're having trouble with the barrel leaking, or with getting a satisfactory finish, be sure to check out online guides for help
22nd June 2016
We are so sorry to hear that the liquid has leaked from your barrel. It is certainly something we would like to have a chat with you about! Please do contact our customer service team via email -email@example.com or call us on - 0044 (0)1892 888376, and we will be happy help you. -The Chaps at Master of Malt.
6th June 2016
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. Theres a few things I'm really unsatisfied about. First of all, the barell does leak alot. The package instructions say to first add water to allow the barrel to expand and not leak so much. Well, ours started by leaking a ton. Had to mop up a puddle from under it for the first 3 days. It seemed to stop after that but that could be also due to less weight in the barrel as the liquid was totally evaporating. Within two weeks there were only a couple of ounces in the barrell and although the package says you can start tasting it after that time, it tasted horrible. Basically just like oak soaked pure alcohol. Pretty much all the liquid was gone anyway and we decided to add the second bottle of alcohol and wait to see what that was like. Well, the barrel started leaking again. Slowly every day. It's now lost more liquid and 2 months since we added more liquid still tastes horrifying. Like pure alcohol burning your mouth. I don't know how long it will have to sit there to taste decent but I imagine all the liquid will have leaked out/evaporated by then. So all in all, way too much money for a frustrating experience and no reward.
4th June 2016
I have not tried this, but it looks amazing! Birthday is coming up though!! Fingers crossed
5th May 2016
I bought a 1ltr barrel years ago and I enjoyed so much ,that I got a new bigger barrel 3-4ltr and I have great fun with it putting poteen and other neutral spirits in it . I have taken my 1ltr barrel to bit due to an accident.However; instead of the whiskey in the wood , I put the wood in the whiskey and have toasted the oak staves in the oven to char more with honey and cinnamon and the Bell's whiskey I get as prezzies now become drinkable bourbon style ...it's Bell's ..but to my own spec ...it's great !
21st December 2015
I think that is what they call the 'Angels share'!!!!!
28th January 2015
We are so sorry to hear that the liquid evaporated from your barrel and it is certainly something we would like to have a chat with you about! Please do drop our customer service team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0044 (0)1892 888376, and we will be happy to go from there. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
20th October 2014
Just the same as the reviewer below. My son bought me this for Christmas.Tried it in August and it had almost entirely evaporated, just managed to get about a double measure!!.Kept at a constant temp of about 15C. What a total waste of money.
18th October 2014
We are so sorry to hear that the whisky has evaporated from your barrel and it is certainly something we would like to have a chat with you about! Please do drop our customer service team an email at email@example.com or call us on 0044 (0)1892 888376, and we will be happy to go from there.
1st September 2014
my son bought me this for christmas december and i put it in keg on 30 december 2013. So excited as i like my whisky iv never had a drop and the barrel is empty. this product is a complete waste of money.
23rd August 2014
Hi there! Hold on to your hat, as we're planning something rather special for this set. It's not quite ready yet, so do please keep an eye on the blog and Twitter, as all shall be revealed in due course. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
6th August 2014
When are you going to get some casks in as I really fancy trying this?
4th August 2014
Will there be any change to the ABV after maturation?
26th December 2013
Having used the cask a good few times the oak is nicely seasoned so going to try an experiment and whack some mulled cider in there until Christmas see how that turns out. Then another batch of new make spirit after that, should give it an interesting flavor.
18th December 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
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
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
HELLoooo. I'm curious. Do you have any larger sizes of cask which you'll be putting to Market? Thanks
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
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 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
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
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
Which distillery does the new make spirit originate from?
28th October 2012