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Aged in Wood Cocktails

We are just doing one cocktail- a barrel aged Manhattan, which has become a staple on our menu now. We stagger the barrels to keep up with demand.

Dec 01, 2013
ABarAbove in Spirits

Aged in Wood Cocktails

These are the same barrels I use at work and have been running a barrel aged program for 2 years now. I run around 8 barrels at the same time, and the effect is pretty fun.

We use the 5 liters and add around 4 liters of cocktail to the barrel. There is a direct correlation between the size of the barrel and aging time.

I have also found that the aging takes longer, the longer you use them. We are on our second full round of barrels.

The toast is a medium to a medium plus toast on these barrels, and the first few infusions are very heavy on the woodiness, I would recommend an extra long soak time with water to pull out as much of that oak taste as possible.

One last thing is that the black ring barrels (The Cheapest) will discolor the barrels around the contact points if liquid hits them, so i would recommend getting the galvanized ones or the brass ones if they will be in front of customers.

Let me know if you have any other questions

Nov 29, 2013
ABarAbove in Spirits

What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

A new addition to the blended Scotch market is a product called Monkey Shoulder. It is named after the guys at the distilleries that shovel peat their entire life (labor of love) and develop a "Monkey Shoulder." The scotch is really good and can be had under $30 at Bevmo. It's something different than your average bottle of Scotch and has a story behind it.

Nov 02, 2013
ABarAbove in Spirits