Six year old whiskey in six month’s time?July 30th, 2010
Tom Lix, an entrepreneur, says he found a way to do it, and he received a permit from the feds and got a grant from a local community college innovation fund to conduct his research. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which ran in a Cleveland, Ohio, publication:
Last month, Lix gained a federal permit to operate an experimental distilled spirits plant. And he has a sponsorship with the American Distilling Institute, a 1,200-member trade group for craft distillers.
Bill Owens, president of the institute, said he was impressed with a scientific paper Lix submitted to the group.
Owens directed Lix to a bourbon distillery in Kentucky that supplied Lix with a batch of “white dog.” That’s the highly potent spirit distillers age for years in charred oak barrels to make bourbon whiskey.
Lix started in his home, refining a process that uses heating, cooling and pressure to greatly reduce the maturing time for whiskey. Essentially, a six-year whiskey can age in six months, Lix claims.
Owens said Lix is placing charred wood in the spirits to impart the color and vanilla tastes that come from barrel storage.
Read the entire story here.
What do you think? Is he legitimate?
And do you think it’s good for the craft distilling movement, or will this kind of experimentation tarnish this young industry’s reputation?