The Story of Holladay White Dog
From the earliest days of the Holladay Distillery, the Holladay brothers knew that the quality of the raw distillate fresh off the still was essential to the ultimate creation of fine bourbon. This “white dog” version of the spirit needs to be perfect before it’s placed into charred American White Oak barrels to take on the rich taste and color that come with aging. The recipe of our distillate dates back to 1856 and produces a superior unaged product with a hint of sweet corn. It’s just the latest in a long tradition of creating premium spirits from the rolling hills of historic Weston, Missouri. It’s a tradition that you can now experience in your own home! Two 750ml bottles of Holladay White Dog and a Holladay Mini Barrel are all you need to age your own spirit, and we are here to walk you through the process.
How to age Holladay White Dog
Using Your Barrel
Before using your barrel, tightly insert the spigot by hand, turn the movable top piece to the side, and then tap it in gently by using a rubber mallet or by placing a cloth over the spigot and then using a hammer. Fill with hot water and insert the bung. Allow 3-5 days for the barrel to completely cure. Once cured, empty and fill with Holladay White Dog and place the bung in tightly to seal the barrel.
Aging Your Spirit
Due to the higher surface area of the small barrel, the spirits will age 8 to 10 times faster than the standard 50 gallon commercial barrel. Each week, taste your spirit. Make tasting notes of the flavor changes from week to week (i.e., oak, cinnamon, fruit) until a consistent set of flavors balances out. Turn the barrel a quarter turn each week to redistribute the spirit’s contact with the charred oak. Every barrel will develop its own individual flavor. When aged to taste, pour from the barrel’s spigot and transfer into a glass bottle. This will stop the aging process.
Storing Between Uses
Dissolve storing tablets in a glass of water. Pour into the barrel and top off with water. Continue topping off to keep the barrel filled. Barrels left without liquid will dry out!