In February, I visited Treaty Oak with Aaron Goldfarb and the distillery rolled out some special bottles for a "Hacking Whiskey" event. These bottles were distillery only releases. Each barrel was an experiment or had a special finish to it to coincide with the book. We tasted the rye finished in Antique Waterloo Gin barrels and I was hooked! I've never heard of someone using a Gin barrel to finish a whiskey. These barrels originally held Rye Whiskey, then Gin, then back to Rye Whiskey. The evolution of a barrel is awesome.
This is the second barrel "hack" we have collaborated with Goldfarb on. These aren't your average barrel picks. We chase the funky and unique. Every now and then we hit a home run on one of these experiments. This is one of those times! Here are the details on this barrel.
TIMELINE OF THE BARREL:
- Rye whiskey spends 10-years from Schenley Distillery
- At the same time, Waterloo gin spends 24 months in a first-use char no. 3 American White Oak barrels
- Both barrels are dumped
- The rye whiskey is filled into the empty gin barrel to age for another 12-months
- Voila! Hacking Whiskey Gin-Finished Rye Whiskey is bottled.