Today, 80 barrels of 5+ year aged bourbon were delivered to our distillery. The scent of the wood and "angel's share" of whisky evaporating from the barrels has resulted in a smoky, spicy, and oaky aroma wafting through the distillery. These barrels are filled with bourbon--but in order to be called bourbon by law, this whiskey must have been aged in brand new, white American oak barrels that have been charred on the inside.
Our Master Distiller Steve will select 8 of these barrels based on their unique flavor profile. Each barrel ages differently and develops distinct flavors based on the wood, construction, and seal of each barrel. Some barrels may have a heavy oak flavor, or lots of smokiness or vanilla. The 8 barrels he selects to blend together will complement each other to form a complete and complex spirit. In this sense, Steve is a lot like a winemaker, and bourbon is a lot like wine. A lot of a bourbon's craftsmanship can be attributed to the blending process and the sophisticated palette of the Master Distiller.
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