This week’s image isn’t a still, but a video showing whiskey barrels being charred at the Brown-Forman Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. Until Brown-Forman opened a second cooperage in Alabama last year, this cooperage made all of the barrels used for Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and Brown-Forman’s other whiskies. This video was shot in November, 2011 - so why post it now? Well, I spotted some whiskey barrel planters at a local hardware store this week, and it turns out they were from the Brown-Forman Cooperage. Who knows, this video is old enough that those barrels might just be the ones shown here. Not likely, but one never knows…
High-octane but somehow incredibly smooth. I liked it much better neat than with water or on the rocks. It was smoother, deeper, more layered neat. Lots of oak and vanilla and a little fruit but not super sweet. On ice it turned into a sinus-clearing, spice-bomb.
Saturday night Knob Creek bourbon going strong. Some of the best advice I was ever given: stay away from bars on the weekends, you will find all that you’re looking for in a large bottle of whiskey and a small group of close friends. Cheers everyone
This week’s photo shows one of the prettiest sights a whisky lover will ever see - Bourbon being dumped from the barrel after years of maturation. Shot this during a 2008 visit to Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky.