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Hi everyone, I've been barreling bourbon for a little over a year now in 15 gallon barrels. My oldest barrels are about 13 months. I have a few questions about knowing when they've reached their peak quality and should be removed. 1) How long do people typically age product in 15 gal barrels to get the HIGHEST quality bourbon. If time was not a factor. I'm in the northeast US, we get all 4 seasons and have big seasonal temp swings. I realize this question can vary depending on a lot of different factors. Just a ballpark range would be helpful. 2) How would you describe the taste when it gets too oaky? Is the oak bitter? Acidic? Any obvious tasting notes? 3) I've noticed in my 5L barrel it will get worse, better, then really bad (I was afraid it was too oaky but let it ride) then REALLY good. Is it the same with larger barrels? If it starts to taste bitter or a barrel from a month earlier tastes more pleasant should i just empty the barrel? Or let it ride and move on to the next phase? Winter is taking hold here, so the aging process may more or less halt until spring since our rick-house is not insulated. Cheers!
Registration is now open for ADI's 8th Annual Judging of Craft American Spirits. The judging has now expanded to include all classes of spirits. If it is make in America by small-batch, independently-owned distilleries, we will evaluate it. For more information, go to: http://distilling.com/events/judging-craft-spirits/ 8TH ANNUAL JUDGING OF CRAFT AMERICAN SPIRITS The American Distilling Institute will judge artisan American gins, rums, fruit infusions, brandies, moonshines and whiskies. Select judges will perform a blind tasting of spirits submitted. Location: Seattle Washington Judging Dates: February 10-12, 2014 Submission Deadline Date: Friday, January 31, 2014 Submissions must be received by: Thursday, February 6, 2014 Entry Fee: $200 per spirit entered The purpose of this judging is to help promote the American craft distillers that are producing the finest quality artisan spirits and to give participating distillers valuable, unbiased, third-party feedback on the quality and process of their spirits. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded with certificates and bottle-stickers made available for spirits judged worthy of recognition. All entrants will receive tasting notes with comments from the spirits judges. Judges reserve the right to not award medals when, in their opinion, no spirits in that category merit an award. Medals will be announced at the American Distilling Institute’s Annual Conference & Vendor Expo, March 31-April 2, 2014 in Seattle, WA. Spirits Categories & Classifications Spirits in each class will be categorized as is appropriate for the entries received so that like spirits are tasted in the same flight. The prospective categories are; Whiskey Clear Whiskey Aged Corn Whiskey Bourbon (under two years) Straight Bourbon Rye Whiskey (under two years) Straight Rye Whiskey Malt Whiskey (under two years) Straight Malt Whiskey Wheat Whiskey (under two years) Straight Wheat Whiskey Blended Whiskey Whiskey Non-typical Smoked Whiskey Hopped Whiskey Flavored Whiskey Moonshine Sugarshine Corn Whiskey Moonshine Other Moonshine Aged Moonshine Flavored Moonshine Brandy Pear Eau de Vie Eaux de Vie (other) Grappa Applejack/Apple Brandy Aged brandy (other than grape or apple) Brandy from Grapes (aged less than six years) Brandy from Grapes (aged six years or more) Rum White Rum (Agricole, ECJ, sugar, molasses) Amber Rum (Agricole, ECJ, sugar, molasses) Dark Rum (Agricole, ECJ, sugar, molasses) Overproof Rum Flavored Rum Spiced Rum Gin Classic Distilled Gin Classic Rectified Gin Contemporary Distilled Gin Contemporary Rectified Gin Genever Navy-Strength Gin Old Tom Gin Barrel-Aged Gin Vodka New-made Vodka (from Barley, Corn, Rye, Wheat, Other Grain, Grape, Apple, Fruit, Potato, or Cane) Rectified Vodka (from Barley, Corn, Rye, Wheat, Other Grain, Grape, Apple, Fruit, Potato, or Cane) Flavored vodka Aquavit Liqueurs Fruit Liqueur Citrus Liqueur Herbal/Botanical/Spiced Liqueur Coffee Liqueur Cream Liqueur Mistel, Pommeau, Pineau Nut Liqueur Cordial Gin Other Liqueur Vermouth (and other fortified wines and aperitifs) Other Absinthe Agave Spirits Amaro Barrel-Aged Cocktails Bitters (digestif and aperitif) Non-potable bitters Tinctures Soju Schnapps Moonshine will loosely be defined as spirits marketed as moonshine. ADI will accept spirits distilled from sugar or grain (or hybrids of either) that the TTB has designated as Distilled Spirits Specialty. Also, any clear whiskey or whiskey, on which the words moon or shine, or which contains clear references toward moonshine on the label, will be allowed in this category provided it is designated at the time of registration. Packaging Award ADI will also award innovative packaging. Bottles will be judges on overall originality, creativity, graphic design, integration of bottle design to label style, and aesthetic appeal. Each spirit submitted for judging will also be considered for the packaging award. Producers who wish to enter spirits for whom there is no category, may enter bottles for only the packaging award. The Judging Director reserves the right to create new categories and to categorize entries as is appropriate for spirits entered. _____________________________________________________________
A friend who has been running successful wine events in San Francisco (the SF Vintners Market) has decided to do a spirits event for small producers this fall in San Francisco. What makes this event truly unique is that it is a selling event! Download detailed info below- Early bird registration- http://www.craftspir...lybird_con.html Sponsor registration- http://www.craftspir...on_sponsor.html Craft Spirits Carnival - Event Info Deck.pdf Craft Spirits Carnival - Sponsor Deck.pdf
Registration is now open for the American Distilling Institute is pleased to announce the 2012 Judging of Artisan American Spirits at Huber’s Starlight Distillery February 27-28, 2012. Rums, Brandies and Whiskies will be judged in a blind tasting by a panel of select judges. Deadline to register spirits is Friday January 27, 2012. Rums will be judged in the following categories; Clear Rum Amber Rum Aged Rum Overproof Rum Spiced Rum Fruit-flavored Rum Whiskies will be judged in the following categories: Malt Whiskey Bourbon Wheat Whiskey Corn Whiskey Rye Whiskey Un-aged Whiskey Other Whiskey Brandies will be judged in the following categories; Brandy from grapes Grappa Aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other) Un-aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other) Fruit Infusions (fruit infusions into a fruit-based spirit) ADI will evaluate spirits made in one DSP in separate categories from those from products that include spirits distilled at other facilities. Packaging Award -- ADI will also award innovative packaging. Bottles will be judged on overall originality, creativity, graphic design, integration of bottle design to label style, and aesthetic appeal. Each spirit submitted for judging will also be considered for the packaging award. Producers who wish to enter spirits for whom there is no category, may enter bottles for only the packaging award. Deadline for sprits registration is Friday, January 27, 2012. All spirits must arrive in Indiana for judging by Friday February 10, 2012 to be considered - no exceptions. Judging will be held Monday-Tuesday, February 27-28 at Huber’s Starlight Distillery in Borden, IN. Medals will be announced at ADI’s annual conference, April 1-4, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. For complete information go to http://www.distilling.com Only craft producers who are 2012 ADI members are eligible for entry. For questions that are not answered there, contact ADI’s Judging Director Andrew Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-517-7377.