The Angel’s Share, Illustrated

The Angel’s Share, Illustrated

angel's share in action

Last year I filled a 1.5-liter micro-barrel with Woodinville’s white whiskey, all part of its “age your own” whiskey kit. I’ve sampled it every couple of months but largely it’s been left untouched since July 2011.

Today I bottled what was left. The photo below illustrates what two full bottles of white dog turned into after 13 months in cask in chilly San Francisco.

(For the record, the company says you should probably bottle your hooch after a couple of months or a bit longer.)

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. JONC on August 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

    That’s ridiculous! Great illustration and cool experiment.

  2. DJ HawaiianShirt on August 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    A 1.5L barrel for 12 months? Jesus, no. And I bet that remaining whiskey was undrinkable, too. Even 4 months in my 2L barrel saw great devastation caused by the Angels. Incidentally, I found ways to combat the Angel’s Share by spiking the in-going mixture with grain alcohol. I’m still not sure how it worked.

    I boast that I may have been the first blogger to blog about aging spirits at home. All my adventures are here:

  3. Christopher Null on August 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m trying some white rye in the barrel next for 2 months to see what happens.

  4. Bill on August 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    So…how did it taste?

  5. Christopher Null on August 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Like wood.

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