Good morning from Louisville. Visiting the Blue Grass Cooperage and observing how they make the barrels. Different distilleries have different requirements and some involve quite lengthy or technically challenging procedures. This is where the barrels for Glenmorangie Astar are made. New quercus alba (American white oak) is selected by the Conservation Department Missouri and Glenmorangie have made a deal where they buy every felled tree. Some of them are useless and go for wood chip and some are perfect to be quarter sawn then cut into staves and the wood transported to Louisville where the Blue Grass Cooperage stores the wood in stacks, outside, for at least two years before the barrels are made. The Glenmorangie proprietary way of charring the barrels is not revealed, but I did capture it with my Leica. The barrels then go to Jack Daniels distillery to be filled with white dog and after two years the barrels are shipped, whole, to Scotland. Then they are used to store Astar new make for anywhere between 10-12 years before bottling. Needless to say this is a very costly escercise and I know that Dr. Bill Lumsden is battling his accountants almost daily to keep Astar going. Try it, it’s an amazing dram.
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