So, I poured a small splash of the whiskey from the barrel to sample it. Definitely has a nice sweet aroma to it (faint but there). It almost makes me think of those clear, warm days surrounded by purple honeysuckle flowers.
The colour of the whiskey is almost a really light white wine right now. I tried to take pictures but they came out showing the whiskey nearly clear. I suspect that next week there will be more colour to show from all this.
As for the taste, it’s still somewhat of plain whiskey but some hints of smokey-ness and sweetness are popping through. It will be really interesting to see how things will differ when I get to the end of whole process.