Some barrel history I did not know...if true:

Whiskey: The art of bourbon
Still standing: The Maker's Mark bourbon distillery in Kentucky

Jonathan Ray

12:01AM GMT 16 Nov 2007

"The barrels had to be charred, following a practice attributed to Elijah Craig, an 18th-century preacher and distiller,
who found the best way to prepare an old fish barrel for storing whiskey was to set fire to its inside."

Hmm, used an old fish barrel?