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Old whisky Barrels and their contents

Specialist Specialist
Posted on 26-10-2014 at 17:53 pm

I was at a timber yard last week looking for wood panels for a fencing job I was doing, and as I was looking around I noticed that  he had about 40 old whisky barrels stocked up at the back. These were obviously to cut in half and sell as plant pots, so I went into the office and had a chat with the guy who owns the yard and asked him if there was any whisky left in the old barrels and he said "Oh yeah, there is at least half a bottle in there, sometimes more" So I said what do you do with it ? and he said " Oh I just throw it down the drain because by the time I have cut the barrel, the whisky is full of saw dust, I don't drink whisky and even if I did I couldn't be bothered to filter  it out, why? do you want it? So we had a good chat about whisky and why I love it. He said if you fetch a load of empty bottles to the yard I will fill them up for you and I will give you a ring when they are full, free of charge, obviously you will have to filter them yourself. I thanked him and said I will be in touch.

What do I do? Do I take him up on his offer? this means though that I will have loads of whisky to drink, I could end up an Alco, an endless supply, Mmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!

The other side of the coin is that I love buying bottles, from different distilleries, different ages, doing tasting notes and everything else that comes with it.

What should I do? What would you do? Any advice would be good.


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Paddy Woodman
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 26-10-2014 at 20:11 pm

Take it, filter it, drink it. It might be oxidised to hell by the time you get it thoug

Whisky Hamster
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 27-10-2014 at 23:42 pm

Sounds awesome. For free there is not much to complain about.
Usually casks give away their origins, so maybe you can blank label the bottles and ask him politely to write down the content(s). Worst case you end up with a young blended malt/scotch. The extra saw dust wood exposure might actually help give it a nice "finish"... happy

In regards to becoming an alco, just always keep it quality over quantity - plus you don't really know how much whisky you'd end up eventually, do you? If it turns out too much or you don't like it once it's filtered you can still give it to friends for free or tell the guy to stop bottling.

  Edited on 27-10-2014 at 23:44 pm
The Hamster has spoken
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 30-10-2014 at 07:20 am

Take it, even want to help you drink a bottle happy

Specialist Specialist
Posted on 30-10-2014 at 09:09 am

Thanks for the advice guys,I think I will give it a try,what have I got to lose

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 30-10-2014 at 10:45 am

Take it and send me some bottles so we both can become addicts... wink

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Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 02-01-2018 at 08:44 am

Hi Karloff, any results yet with this experiment ?

Is there gonna be a first release on the market this year ?

Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-01-2018 at 14:51 pm

God this was a long time ago, I forgot all about it. When he gets a shipment of barrels in he cuts them all in one go. So I gets a phone call and there was six bottles for me. When I picked them up my first glance at them put me off straight away. You have to understand there has been no care or attention in extracting this whisky out. Why would he, and I totally understand, he is a busy man. He uses an industrial cutter and I assume there is oil and petrol flying about. Anyway I got them home to have a good look and it looked worse, and strange nose of industrial compounds. I just chucked it down the drain in the back yard. I was going to go back and ask if I could drain it out properly but I didn't want to push it. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 02-01-2018 at 17:12 pm

I think you did the right thing but what a waste. Thanks anyway for the explanation so I don't have to save up for a sample of your brews.

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