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The New Oak Barrel Shortage

By Richard Thomas The “Great American Whiskey Shortage” isn’t actually a new story, since versions of it have been circulating in the mainstream press for at least the last few years. Yet insofar as the details of that story goes, the “Barrel Shortage” is definitely a new wrinkle. New oak barrels are a cornerstone of American whiskey-making, and that they ...

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Buffalo Trace’s Laboratory Warehouse Open For Business

Buffalo Trace's Warehouse X

By Richard Thomas Although Buffalo Trace held the grand opening for Warehouse X, its experimental warehouse-aging laboratory, in November 2013, the facility has since lain dormant, awaiting the arrival of its first barrels of whiskey. On Tuesday that wait came to an end, and with its first consignment of whiskey the Warehouse X aging experiment has finally begun. Climate is ...

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Katie Buchanan Talks Bourbon

Katie Buchanan

By Richard Thomas Originally from Kansas, Katie Buchanan relocated to New York to study at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and is now pursuing her trade there as a modern blues singer-songwriter. But in addition to her devotion to Fender guitars and her music, Katie is also a self-described whiskey fanatic. With a new single, “Go,” coming out ...

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