A small gift needs to be used
Posted 13 January 2016 - 12:36 PM
Another gift received is a small oak barrel and bottle of port, which I am supposed to condition the barrel, add the port and consume/enjoy as desired. What I'm thinking about doing is upon bottling the Melomel, I would rack some of it to fill this little barrel and age. Is there any harm in doing this (bugs etc..)? The barrel holds 2 x 750ml, which certainly is not a lot but could be a neat little experiment.
Also, as I make more port, I could possibly refill the barrel from time to time thus melding different batches into one continuous batch.
Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:03 AM
Most port has been aged in oak prior to bottling. Are we talking about a vintage port, tawny, ruby, late bottled?
Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:25 AM
The port itself is from Del Dotto Napa, nondescript bottle, meant to be added into the mini barrel. A novelty gift. But I think the mini barrel has a little potential.
Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:26 AM
Sounds good as long as it's not a high quality vintage port. If it's domestic, fire away.
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