Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Uh Oh.....look what came in the mail today

I arrived home from work and there was a barrel-sized box on my doorstep. Christmas came a little early I guess! It is a 5.2 gallon medium toast American oak barrel and comes from a distillery in Texas. It held a spirit called Rumble, described below:
"This unique Texas spirit is made from the finest local wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar and aged in small oak barrels.  Inspired by rum, but not rum...Rumble.  This is what happens when whisky distillers play with sugar.
Tasting Notes:  Fresh baked bread with melted butter and honey, citrus notes, malty depth and deep fruit.
Rumble is clean and smooth, complex and multi-faceted.  It's fine for mixing, but is exceptionally suited for drinking straight."

Should be delicious when I get around to putting beer in there. For now, I put 2 liters of vodka in there to keep the oak wet and aseptic. I'll dump that out once it comes time to put beer in. The vodka allows the flavor of the rumble spirit to be maintained to some degree (as opposed to putting bourbon in) and then passed on to the beer when it ages. I think the vodka that comes out of there will taste interesting too!

Moxie was a little hesitant about having the barrel around...don't ask me, he's strange

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