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How One Man Is Aging Whisky In A Week, Not Years

on 04/06/13 at 7:21 pm


clevelandwhiskeyThe aging process is an essential part of whisky-making. The charred oak barrel gives the liquor its caramel colour and imparts rich, subtle flavours. Problem is, this soaking step takes years to complete. But one enterprising distillery has figured out how to ripen sour mash in a fraction of the time.

Cleveland Whiskey is an upstart distillery located in, you guessed it, Cleveland, Ohio. Owner Tom Lix recognised the growing demand for whisky — as did Makers Mark — and realised that the conventional method of producing whisky simply wasn’t fast enough to meet that demand. But rather than water down an existing recipe, Lix invented a new method of making whisky.

“I took apart a couple of used barrels, and it didn’t seem like the whisky soaked very deep,” he told Forbes. “So I started experimenting with pressure to get the spirit to soak deeper into pore structure.”