This has proven to be my best selling item since I bottled my first ever batch in late August of 2017. To date I have sold all but 107 bottles (as of 4:30pm today) out of 509 total, of those the last 4 weeks have accounted for 178 of those. It seems to be a real nice Christmas gift in many giver’s eyes. At this rate I’ll be out long before my next batches will be ready sometime in June of 2018. I’ll try to get some more recently emptied bourbon barrels to fill at maple season, or directly after.
I’ll need to age at least enough to bottle a thousand bottles to keep up with ever increasing demand. To think, I almost decided not to try making the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup when my friend told me about it, I’m sure glad I listened to him.
I may even look into bottling some larger bottles, being the little 6.76 oz. size has done so well. Maybe something in the 8-12 oz range, but that won’t be bottled until mid June 2018 at the earliest.
The order time for Christmas orders has passed. Orders placed now, will be shipped the next business day, but there is no guaranty that the order will arrive before Christmas. I ship on all non holiday Mondays-Saturdays on orders placed by 7:00P.M. eastern the day before.
2 days ago, I packed 2 bourbon barrels (5 gal each) with hot maple syrup for a friend, the same friend who introduced me to aging maple syrup in bourbon barrels. Next I’ve got to heat some syrup up after the current cold spell and fill 2 barrels for my next batches, these will be 10 gal each.
We are in the middle of our first real snow of the season. It snowed last night so I had to clear snow today and just after noon today the bottom fell out of the thermometer. Tonight will be our coldest since the middle of Feb. I’ll just wait until a little milder weather moves in to fill my next 2 barrels.
Christmas sales have been real good, for both regular maple syrup and for the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.
For those ordering for Christmas gifts, please order by 12/14 for the best chances to get delivery before Christmas, orders placed after 12/14 may not arrive before Christmas.
At my sugarhouse I’m back in the woods enough that I generally don’t feel the wind, but yesterday I felt it. It was blowing hard enough out of the west that it blew in thru the cracks in the siding on the sugarhouse. In that direction it is over a mile of woods to protect from the wind, but I still got it.
I was busy packing that last barrel of syrup I had found among the empty SS barrels. I now have plenty of half gallons and quarts of Dark for the Christmas season.
Next I need to fill the 2 recently emptied bourbon barrels I bought to start 2 more batches of Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. They are 10 gal barrels, so they will need 6-7 months to age. I’ll very likely run out of my last batch from this year before these 2 new batches will be ready. I’ll fill those this weekend.
I will be packing more syrup tomorrow. Sure glad I found a barrel I had thought was empty, was more from the 2017 season, it had been put in the area which was designated for empty SS barrels. My inventory will be showing more late tomorrow. I won’t likely finish packing tomorrow and I have a project I am doing Wednesday, I’ll pack the rest Thursday and Friday.
Then, there will be no more “found barrels, because I moved all out of the “empty barrels” from a rented storage unit and put them in my new shed.
When these are sold there will be no more until the 2018 season, which is anywhere from mid. Jan thru March 27 (or later) depending on the weather.