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Where to buy a small (used) barrel?

estilker | Oct 17, 201110:59 AM

Just came back from a trip to the States. Had quite a lot of craft cocktails (something that I really miss here, a place that can do a decent cocktail with top spirits) and one of the bigger trends was aged cocktails. Like a barrel-aged negroni or barrel-aged manhattan.

Now, where would one start to find a barrel? Also I would probably want the smallest size possible.

But also for the sake of discussion: how much flavour would this really impart? And would I have to wait for years? Is it simply a way to elevate cheaper alcohol? So alternatively, anyone see Carpano Antica Formula (sweet vermouth) in restaurants around town? This is a high-end sweet vermouth that could prolly elevate my cocktails to the next level. Now, if only I could find it (not in SAQ or LCBO).

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