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Title: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on July 27, 2017, 10:14:19 am
After selling my pure New York State maple syrup via the Forestry Forum for a few years, I've branched out to a new product. My first batch of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup will be ready soon. It is made by using a recently emptied bourbon barrel and packing hot maple syrup in it. Then after a few months the syrup draws some bourbon flavor from the charred oak in the barrel, while picking up only a trace of alcohol but always under 2%.
The first batch will be ready in early to mid August and will be ready for shipping soon after. The price is going to be $12.00 for a 200ml bottle (6.76 fl. oz.), plus shipping. As always, the FF will receive 5% of all sales from this listing, when ordering be sure to mention the Forestry Forum. I only ship within the lower 48 states at this time. See my web site: www.daveandjoanssugarhouse.com to place an order, or send me a P.M. thru the FF.
Supples will be limited, when all 3 current batches are ready, I'll only have about 400 bottles to sell.
I also still sell my pure NYS maple syrup too, prices are on the website.
Dave
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 11, 2017, 09:02:03 am
I have now bottled my 1st batch of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and I must say WOW. When I decided to try aging maple syrup in recently emptied oak barrels I had never even tasted any, but I had read plenty plus a friend had done it for 3 seasons with great results.
I've had great comments from everyone who has tried it too.
The taste seems to be a perfect blend between maple and bourbon with as the label states "less than 2% alcohol". I can see the 3 batches I made will not be my last.
Now available, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup in 6.76 Fl. Oz. (200ml) glass bottles at $12.00 each. Sorry no discounts for multiple purchases and I fully expect to sell out. In fact I have very little left just from local sales of my first batch, and the second batch is being bottled early next week. My last batch for this year won't be ready until late Oct or November.
To order, email:   dklish@earthlink.net or go to    www.daveandjoanssugarhouse.com   Fill out the contact form on the last page and I'll reply from there.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 14, 2017, 07:37:14 am
beenthere, your shipment goes out today. Thanks for your order.
Dave
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 16, 2017, 08:18:01 am
beenthere, it looks like your order should arrive today, USPS. When you use it, you need to realize you only need to use a little to get the full flavor, about half of what you would usually use if you put pure maple syrup on anything. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup has the perfect marriage of great maple taste and bourbon taste, all with little or no alcohol content.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: coxy on August 19, 2017, 06:57:30 pm
that stuff is great my wifes uncle made it so I had to buy a bottle of it  digin_2 food6
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 20, 2017, 07:32:09 am
Maple, what a brilliant idea. I'll be ordering some. (big fan of single-barrel bourbon...haven't found a problem yet that it won't solve...)  ;D

Last Fall I was running my vertical smoker at 7AM and decided a shot of bourbon in my eggnog was a neat idea while I made bacon and eggs over my open fire. (no I normally never drink the AM). Seemed really nice.

Kids got up and started fighting with each other, poured another. Wife got up and started fussing about things. Went straight to a double on the rocks. Tuned-up by 10:00 was pretty fun!

Point of all this being: having your maple syrup on my hotcakes will be a FINE addition to this them. Put my down for a gallon please.

Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: Roxie on August 20, 2017, 07:49:58 am
GREAT JUMPING DOGGIES!   running-doggy  Lay back two for me and I'll get to the order form tomorrow.  @Weekend_Sawyer will verify my love of all things bourbon.

By the way, welcome to the forum PA_Walnut!  We live within five miles of the Lancaster County border.   :)
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 20, 2017, 08:01:45 am
Yes, all things bourbon is a good thing...

Fixes: business whoas and worries, misbehaved children and pets, unruly neighbors, neglectful spouses, machinery troubles, bad weather, insomnia, and all things in-laws.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 20, 2017, 08:08:55 am
Maple, what a brilliant idea. I'll be ordering some. (big fan of single-barrel bourbon...haven't found a problem yet that it won't solve...)  ;D

Last Fall I was running my vertical smoker at 7AM and decided a shot of bourbon in my eggnog was a neat idea while I made bacon and eggs over my open fire. (no I normally never drink the AM). Seemed really nice.

Kids got up and started fighting with each other, poured another. Wife got up and started fussing about things. Went straight to a double on the rocks. Tuned-up by 10:00 was pretty fun!"


Hold on a minute, I'd be more than glad to ship a gallon to you but let's do the math first. Without counting shipping yet do you realize what bourbon barrel aged maple syrup is going to cost? At the present time, I only pack it in 200 ml bottles and I'm not likely to add sizes this year, might in 2-3 years if demand is there. 200ml sells for $12 a bottle. That's 6.76 Fl Oz. 128 oz to a gal/6.76= 18.9349... bottles, shall we round up to 20. 20x$12= $240 + shipping. I can do it but that's a lot for a gallon of maple syrup. (precisely why I made it in the first place, but most sales have been 1-4 bottles up til now, and so far only 1 sale (2 bottles) has been shipped (to a FF member), the rest are all local sales either from my house, sugar house or the one location I have it other than those, a local vendor called "The Eclectic Chic". If you indeed really want that much, PM me and I'll get started figuring how I can pack and ship that much so it won't be likely to get broken in transit.

Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 20, 2017, 08:16:13 am
OK. Didn't realize. I'll get some of your standard smaller bottles to try. I have a couple of smaller bourbon barrels that I've used to make my own bourbon. (have some working right now).

Maybe I'll get some syrup and experiment with making my own.  ;D
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 20, 2017, 11:42:55 am
What size barrels do you use? Are they Oak, charred inside? If yes, you can make your own. You need to take a recently emptied barrel, drain it completely, then fill it with maple syrup. The syrup must be at 190-195 F. The barrel must also be filled, not partially. Then store the barrel in a cool place but not necessarily refrigerated (mine are stored at about 65-70 in the sugarhouse. I spray mine with clean water twice a day as I rotate the barrel. I made a frame sort of like a moving dolly with the casters up to support the barrel. After a week rotating the barrel, I connected a drip irrigation mist system on a timer which sprays a mist over the barrels 2x daily by a times valve. Once that started the barrels were then turned 2x a week. On a 5 gal bbl it takes 3-4 months, a 10 gal takes 6-7 months and a 15 gal barrel takes 10-11 months. If your barrel is bigger it takes longer, because you have more syrup as compared to the amount of wood surface, but I don't have those numbers. Good luck.
Most any grade maple syrup can be used, but with the lighter grades you will not get any or at least not much maple flavor coming thru. Others have found that the darkest grades do the best.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: gspren on August 21, 2017, 07:59:33 pm
OK. Didn't realize. I'll get some of your standard smaller bottles to try. I have a couple of smaller bourbon barrels that I've used to make my own bourbon. (have some working right now).

Maybe I'll get some syrup and experiment with making my own.  ;D
  Whereabouts in Lancaster Co are you? I may need to come over and "inspect your bourbon" just to make sure its safe.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 27, 2017, 06:44:01 am
LOL! My bourbon gets inspected regularly (sometimes daily!)  :D
I'm in the southwest part of the county--opposite of you. If you make a jaunt over this way look me up.

Haven't honed my skills to distilling...yet. I purchase corn whiskey and take the "white dog" and age in my own oak barrels.
I'm sawing some white oak and adding making my own barrel to my goals list. Apparently white oak demand is very high right now due to the increase favor in bourbon.

Had made a business plan to make barrels of bourbon to stash for 10-15 years as my retirement plan. The Man made it less than desirable as those gangsters have too many rules, taxes, and licenses needed. Last thing I need is them up in my grill any more.  go_away
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 29, 2017, 08:39:59 am
As you refer to "those gangsters", as long as I sell over 50% of my syrup retail I have few regulations, other than what my state Ag. and Markets has had for years (things like clean equipment, potable wash water, SS equipment and such), just the income taxes. If less than 50% was retail sales I'd be subject to a whole bunch of extra regs ( laws passed because of terrorism issues).
Those laws are based on the number of employees and the % of retail vs. wholesale plus bulk sales. My employees is zero (1 part time partner) and my retail far exceeds my non retail sales.
Even the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup is not taxed special because it always has less than 2% alcohol.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 29, 2017, 09:20:32 am
Yes, the iron triangle hasn't figured out the taxation on your market...yet. They'll get there. Give'em time.

Here in PA, the state run liquor control board propagates that "it's good for the consumer, since it keeps prices down."
How a poorly managed monopoly, staffed with overpaid union employees without commitment who get a large pension regardless of performance, exceeds the proven capitalism model run by private enterprise is "good for the customer" is beyond me.

It's the typical political model of talking like a preacher, and acting like a ganster: "It's all for the children or roads and bridges."
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 29, 2017, 02:31:44 pm
I hear you.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: ppine on August 30, 2017, 11:20:02 am
Great idea.  Maple syrup is one of God's gifts to mankind.
Any forester worth his salt has been using the stuff all his life.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on August 30, 2017, 09:04:23 pm
and bourbon is even older than maple syrup, the new idea is to age pure maple syrup in recently emptied bourbon barrels for the perfect marriage of the two flavors.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: PA_Walnut on August 31, 2017, 07:00:22 am
Bourbon is the miracle elixir! Fixes most any whoa!
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on September 12, 2017, 07:32:00 am
Another shipment going out today, 4 bottles to one FF member, but he's sharing with 3 others. Enjoy!
I still have a good supply, but will likely run out in 3-4 months, then it will be summer of 2018 before I have more. Plan ahead!
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: Raider Bill on September 13, 2017, 11:02:33 am
Dave,

I had a gallon of your syrup froze. We had to take it out of the freezer to make room for food during Irma so it got defrosted for 3 days. Can we refreeze and will it be good?
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on September 13, 2017, 08:58:35 pm
Bill, you can put it back in the freezer. While it gets real cold it doesn't actually freeze solid unless you can get to about -70F. Warmer than that it just gets thicker (like molasses in January). When I ship syrup I put in a note that the best way to preserve the flavor is to store it in the freezer. Then when you will be needing a refill for the container in your refrigerator, take it out of the freezer the night before and it will warm enough overnight to pour some into a smaller container for the fridge, then put the rest back in the freezer. 2 points, you don't want to put a full jug in a freezer that is colder than zero F and don't try to freeze a glass bottle of maple syrup, it will actually expand and break a glass bottle, in a jug it will not as long as you removed a little to keep in the fridge first.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: Raider Bill on September 14, 2017, 08:45:22 am
Thanks!  I'd sure hate to have lost a full gallon of this wonderful syrup!
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on September 14, 2017, 05:04:21 pm
I've got more, don't keep hoarding it!
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: coxy on September 14, 2017, 08:41:16 pm
 :D :D
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: thecfarm on September 15, 2017, 06:30:38 am
I'm just a back yard syrup. But freezing mine shows me I got all the water out. There should be nothing froze.  ;)
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: Raider Bill on September 15, 2017, 08:55:21 am
I've got more, don't keep hoarding it!

I need to eat more waffles.
We are just finishing the first gallon.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on September 17, 2017, 09:14:33 am
Going, Going but not gone. Yesterday I participated in a local "meet the vendors" event at my only other outlet I use for my syrup (other than sugarhouse and home sales) aside from the Forestry Forum. At it I sold 15 more bottles of the Bourbon Barrel aged Maple Syrup. I was offering small sample cups of the syrup for them to taste, 16 tasted it, and 15 bought. The only one who tasted but did not buy, said she really liked it but she had recently started Weight Watchers and thought it might not help her reach her goal.
While I had hoped for even more sales, the % of those who sampled it to those who bought was good. It seems many just hear the word Bourbon and think it is alcoholic and never give it a chance. It contains lots of bourbon flavor but less than 2% alcohol.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on October 11, 2017, 01:02:01 pm
My last barrel (for this year) of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup will be opened and tested to see if it's ready next week. After that is bottled, I won't be making any more until April 2018 . The barrel I'm opening is a larger barrel than the first 2 I opened, the larger the barrel the longer it takes to get to the perfect taste combination. I'm hoping this helps me have enough for my Christmas sales. If not, I'll be sure to fill more barrels for next years batches than I did for this year. I can only use each recently emptied barrel once.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on October 11, 2017, 01:04:31 pm
By the way, 2 more bourbon barrel aged maple syrup shipped out yesterday along with some regular maple syrup, going to southern California to a fellow FF member.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on October 14, 2017, 08:13:46 am
Christmas orders should be made by Dec. 10 to guarantee delivery by Christmas. I ship the next day after I get an order but the last time I check for orders is about 7PM E.S.T.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: burtle on October 31, 2017, 10:10:27 pm
I want to order some! Message sent :)
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on November 02, 2017, 05:01:14 pm
I got your message the next morning and replied with some figures and a question. No answer yet. Still waiting.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on November 03, 2017, 07:31:20 pm
Answer received, thanks, your order is going out 11/4, enjoy!
Dave
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: burtle on November 05, 2017, 11:23:17 pm
Answer received, thanks, your order is going out 11/4, enjoy!
Dave

Thank you!

Can't wait to get it.

I'll be placing a Christmas order in a few weeks. I'll keep in touch.
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on November 07, 2017, 08:30:39 am
Please place Christmas orders by 12/10. Things get real hectic here at that time, while I usually ship the next business day, at that time it can sometimes take 3 or 4 extra days, especially if I need to bottle more product.  :christmas:
Dave
Title: Re: Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup
Post by: maple flats on November 17, 2017, 08:35:55 am
My BIL and I just packed the last barrel of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup into bottles yesterday, Like the first 2 batches, it tastes absolutely fantastic. I will not have another batch until about Aug 2018. We had been trying to get time to bottle that last batch for about 5 weeks, but then my shed project got in the way. It seems the extra month or more did not hurt one bit. I was thinking the bourbon flavor might be overpowering the maple taste and I need to blend it with some pure maple to get it perfect, but that was not needed.
For those thinking long term, I only have about 210 bottles at this time and between my FF sales and my local sales I sell about 25-35 a month. Then in March 2018 I'm having 4 open houses, 2 week 2 days each and based on previous open houses (before I started making the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup) I can get any where from 50 visitors on a day of open house, up to over 700. A lot depends on the weather, if it feels like maple weather far more come, if it feels like July the turnout is light. At any rate, my guess is that any BB syrup I have left at that time will completely sell out, since I give out little sample cups for visitors to try. So far my worst percentage of sales since I started making BB syrup is a respectable 96% buy.