What Goes Into A Bourbon Barrel

Brown-Forman barrel char

By Richard Thomas One of the things I am continually surprised to discover about whiskey fans is how little they most of them know about the (apparently humble) bourbon barrel. Enthusiasts of all stripes can speak intelligently about the arcane intracacies of still design, mash bills and even yeasts, but know their knowledge of whiskey wood remains strangely absent. This ...

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Q&A With Greg Lehman, Watershed Distillery

Greg Lehman of Watershed

By Richard Thomas If you pay attention to drinks articles dealing with the best craft bourbons or the best bourbons not made in Kentucky, then you have probably come across the name “Watershed Distillery,” since the Columbus, Ohio micro-distillery has appeared in most of them. We’ve taken a keen interest in Watershed and it’s “Buckeye” bourbon for a couple of ...

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Dad’s Hat 3 Year Old Straight Rye

Dad's Hat Straight Rye

By Debbie Shocair Rating: A- After winning an award for Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year 2015 as well as being named one of the Top 100 spirits, Dad’s Hat whiskey continues to deliver excellence in its new release of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey. Herman Mihalich, founder of Dad’s Hat, named the company in honor of his ...

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The Short Cuts Around Aging Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Barrels

Can Technology Shorten The Science Of Barrel Maturation? By Richard Thomas If public has been smothered with any one whiskey factoid lately, it’s that whiskey simply can’t be produced on demand. Actually, unaged whiskey can be made on demand, but the aged stuff takes longer, and boom times have left production decisions made several years ago a step or two ...

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