VIDEO: How Bourbon Barrel Aging Works—And Why It Matters

October 1, 2019 –––––– Whisky Advocate





By law, bourbon must be aged in a new charred oak barrel—but there are variables and considerations that affect the final flavor outcome. These are the mechanics of barrel-aging: how it works, why it matters, and what terms like "angels' share," "toast," and "char" mean.

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