Beer, Wine & Spirits: Oak barrels for aging bourbon take on second life in production of other spirits

Beer, Wine & Spirits: Oak barrels for aging bourbon take on second life in production of other spirits

Over the past decade or so, much has been made in the Scottish whisky market of special wood finishes, using everything from sherry wood to Sauternes wood in a sort of “second aging” of the spirit. What is less discussed, however, is the wood in which the whisky spends the first, and lengthiest, portion of its life, which almost always is wood that has previously held bourbon or other American whiskeys.

Because bourbons must be aged in brand new barrels, the market is flooded with

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