Tequila Aged In A Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cured Oak Barrel


Tequila Aged In A Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cured Oak Barrel

Tequila Aged In A Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cured Oak Barrel

Barrel aged cocktails are all the rage these days.  Most of these barrel concoctions are traditional cocktails mixed and aged. For example the barrel aged Manhattan is mixed and then poured in to the barrel so that all the liquors can age together.

My favorite type of barrel cocktails are more naturally created though.  For example if you used a small oak barrel to age a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon you may want to age something different in it afterwards. The bourbon will still be soaked in the wood of the barrel and when you age the next liquor you will have the bourbon mixing with the oak and liquor flavors in the new cocktail.

I am a big fan of a good reposado and even extra anejo tequila.  It is very smooth and flavorful. I even like to add a little more vanilla enhancer in the barrel with the tequila when I age it.  Once I aged some Crown Royal in a barrel after it was used to age tequila. I wasn’t crazy about this experiment but it wasn’t too bad.

I have noticed online that Sazerac owned Corazon Tequila is now being aged in barrels that were used for other liquors. For example George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye, Old Rip Van Winkle, and Buffalo Trace bourbon. From what I have heard the tastes are pretty good. So, I thought I would try aging my own version at home.

I am starting with a new 1 liter charred oak barrel. First I will cure the new barrel with hot water just to make sure it has no major leaks. (I wouldn’t want my bourbon to end up all over the counter) I won’t leave the water in the barrel more than about an hour or two and once I know the barrel is pretty tight I can pour the water out. I don’t want the water to totally soak in the wood. That is what I want to use the Woodford Reserve Bourbon to do. I filled the barrel with the bourbon and allowed it to soak (cure) inside the charred oak barrel for about 4-5 days.  Then I pour the bourbon back in the bottle (for later drinking or aging).  Now it is time for the tequila. I like to start with a reposado so it already has about a year inside a barrel. You may want to start with a silver (unaged) tequila or even go the other direction to an anejo or or extra anejo tequila. Either way I usually purchase an inexpensive bottle. i obtained this 1.75L bottle of Monte Alban Reposado tequila for about $20.  I do suggest staying with the 100% agave tequila though, since it just seems to taste better.

Once I start aging the tequila I probably won’t even taste it for at least a few weeks. Ultimately I would like to leave it in the oak for at least 2-3 months (if I can last that long). I’m looking forward to tasting it and I will update this post with my findings once we get there.