My girlfriend got me a new 5 liter cask for Valentine's Day. I have it soaking now and its ready to use. My plan is to age some whiskey in it for a few weeks (small barrels don't take long) then age mead, probably mixed berry, for a few months then age an RIS or BDSA.
I'm going to Yankee Spirits, a huge store with good deals and a large selection tonight. My thought is to get some 1.75 liter bottles of a decent but affordable bourbon. Makers Mark and Four Roses come to mind. Is this a solid plan? Any suggestions on a whiskey? Obviously that much whiskey I want to be good after aging in the barrel, its not simply a matter of getting bourbon flavor in the barrel.