STEP 3: The barrels then get their trial by fire: 22 seconds of flame to give the wood a medium char (special whiskies get a little something different). All of bourbon's color and much of its flavor and aroma come from the wood. "It's really an ingredient," said Whitmer, the Brown-Forman cooperage operations manager. "The rest is just corn." When barrels are fired they are equipped with heavy-duty rings that can withstand the flames. Those are replaced down the line.
STEP 3: The barrels then get their trial by fire: 22 seconds of flame to give the wood a medium char (special whiskies get a little something different). All of bourbon's color and much of its flavor and aroma come from the wood. "It's really an ingredient," said Whitmer, the Brown-Forman cooperage operations manager. "The rest is just corn." When barrels are fired they are equipped with heavy-duty rings that can withstand the flames. Those are replaced down the line. Herald-Leader
STEP 3: The barrels then get their trial by fire: 22 seconds of flame to give the wood a medium char (special whiskies get a little something different). All of bourbon's color and much of its flavor and aroma come from the wood. "It's really an ingredient," said Whitmer, the Brown-Forman cooperage operations manager. "The rest is just corn." When barrels are fired they are equipped with heavy-duty rings that can withstand the flames. Those are replaced down the line. Herald-Leader

The Spirit of Kentucky: Big demand exists for bourbon barrels

June 09, 2013 12:00 AM