Top 10 DIY whiskey ageing kits18th February, 2013 by Melita Kiely
Age-your-own whiskey kits are becoming increasingly popular among American distilleries so we’ve scoured far and wide across the States to find the best (and most interesting) ones on the market.
Each set provides you with the tools you need to become a master distiller from the comforts of your own home. Whether you prefer single malt, blended or rye, there is an ageing kit to suit your preferences.
The small barrels reduce the ageing time compared to the years it takes in standard-size barrels. Some only need two-four weeks to age while others can take between three and six months, and although some distilleries have claimed small barrels such as these aren’t likely to produce an award-winning whisky, each and every one allows you to see and taste the transformation of your whiskey as it ages.
One company’s selection of kits even comes with ‘whisky essence’ to help buyers create the “finest blend of whiskey aged to perfection”.
And if whiskey is not your choice of poison, why not try ageing your own rum, brandy or even cocktails?
Have you tried any age-your-own barrel kits? Do you have any recipes to recommend? Share your experiences in a comment below.