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Dec 9, 2013 07:19 AM

"Aged" ice?

A local upscale restaurant is getting some serious flack for having a drink that includes "barrel-aged ice" on the menu.

Would love CH opinions of this.

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  1. What restaurant and where?

    Water aged in a barrel to get flavor, then frozen.

    Picks up alcohol so it melts fast. Adds flavor, but is it a good flavor? I have tasted water from a used barrel, and used it to lower proof of spirits, with good results.

    1. It's Crop Bistro in Cleveland.

      I just can't see any advantage to this at all, even reading the link you posted makes it sound like it's just really fast melting alcohol. It sounds gimmicky to me.

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        Gimmicky yes. Can it be used to bring barrel flavor notes and char into a drink. Absolutely.

        I wouldn't use the ice, but as I said above, I have used the water from barrels to add flavor to the spirit when proofing down. I think that used to make syrups it could work extremely well, without the gimmicky factor.

      2. Is there no limit to people's dopiness?

        1. I prefer my aged ice to be from glaciers. 100,000 year old from Greenland is prime, but the 10,000 year old from the Schnalstal from South Tirol will do in a pinch.

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          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            With all due respect, my palate is far too refined for 10k from the Schnalstral from south Tirol? You might as well fill my ice cube tray from a public school water fountain in the Bronx!

            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              I've had a 50,000 year old glacier ice chunk in a cocktail. Fun but...

              1. re: JMF

                Did it fizz from the trapped air bubbles under pressure?

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  It had calved into an iceberg, and then sat in a cooler for a few days. It popped occasionally, but no fizz.

            2. I've thrown ice out because it had "aged". If it stis in the freezer long enough it will pickup a funky taste.

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              1. re: mike0989

                {{Pssssst friends of mike0989 Christmas barrels for his freezer!!!!}}

                  1. re: BiscuitBoy

                    You mean firkin! As in the Goose & Firkin of London.