Ok. So we are trying something crazy.
What would happen, if somebody filled our delicious 100% pure Canadian Maple Syrup into an empty Bourbon barrel and left it in there for several months? Well, heck, yeah, that would be some incredible delicious Maple Syrup with an incredible note of Bourbon. I am so gonna try this!
I went to the liqueur store, came home with a few samples and made a taste test. The big winner that fits best with my syrup? Buffalo Trace from Frankfort, Kentucky, USA. This amazing Bourbon is “One of the world’s great whiskies.” (Jim Murray's Whisky Bible) and won the 2016 Gold Medal from both the Beverage Testing Institute and The Washington Cup. I don't need to add anything to this. It's just an amazing Whisky with a "long and lush finish”. (Wine Enthusiast Magazine )
I made a few phone calls and was able to convince the people from Buffalo Trace to sell me their barrel. I hired a shipping company to pick up the barrel in Kentucky and send it all the way to rural Quebec - 2000 kilometres or 1250 miles!
No guess what?? Six weeks ago, my cousin Martin filled the barrel with the maple syrup. Now all we have to do is wait. And set up a CD player or docking station for an iPod. We play some music for the barrel with a lot of bass. The vibration of the bass supposedly helps the aging process.
I'm excited! If this works, it's gonna be one wild, crazy thing that will fly off the shelves. It will taste amazing, I am sure!
Jean-Pierre Romain, Maple Maniac