So the other day I got this Barrel Char in a Jar kit in the mail, and I’m currently conducting two very scientific experiments. I should get my own lab coat.
Basically, this kit offers you two jars and several varieties of toasted and charred wood that you can add to bourbon, tequila, rum … anything you choose, really. You pick one of the woods at first, put it in the jar with the liquor, and let it age like it was a barrel.
In one jar, I bought some Buffalo Trace White Dog Wheated Mash, so I can attempt to make my own version of W.L. Weller. I put in a charred piece of wood, similar to the inside of a new bourbon barrel. In the other jar, I put Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon and a stick of sugar maple wood in an attempt to make it even sweeter.
Right now the jars are aging out on my front porch. I hope my neighbors think it’s sun tea. And in a few days, I’ll put them in the freezer to try and get that liquid in and out of the wood, like Mother Nature.
I’ll update you here along the journey.