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    Barrel Proof?

    Are there any regulations concerning what can be sold as barrel-proof bourbon?

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    As long as it's over 80 proof...I don't think there is an upper limit, but I've never seen one reach 150 proof.

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    If there are no regulations, could I mix many barrels of varying proof and cut the entire batch to 120 proof and sell it as barrel proof?

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    Quote Originally Posted by fricky View Post
    If there are no regulations, could I mix many barrels of varying proof and cut the entire batch to 120 proof and sell it as barrel proof?


    cutting it with ANY water makes it not barrel proof anymore. if what you mean is, can you take a 108 barrel proofer, and a 142 barrel proofer and mix them 50/50 to make a 'barrel proof' 125 proofer, I guess that technically it is still barrel proof, as no water was added. i assume thats what most of the barrel proof non-single barrel bourbons are: for example, all the ECBP 2nd release was 137 proof. its next to impossible that every single barrel dumped at exactly 137 proof.....they dumped some 135's, some 139's, some.....you get the idea....mixed it all together, measure the proof, and bottle the whole batch and label it appropriately.


    beams KC120 is the next thing to barrel proof. I think they said on a tour that it averages 125 proof out of the barrel, they just cut it with just enough water to keep a consistent 120 proof. cheaper to label it that way i imagine.

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    I don't think it would be that hard really. They only have one bourbon mash bill after all. At that proof too, flavour differences are less important. Anyway I could be wrong, certainly.

    Chuck might know, maybe he will offer comments.

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    If you were Beam and wanted to sell, let's say Knob Creek, at barrel proof...that's what you would do.

    Like small batch, barrel proof isn't a regulated term.
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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    This says water isn't added:

    http://wildturkeybourbon.com/goods/#

    (From Wild Turkey's website, click on the image for Rare Breed).

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    Well, this is interesting:

    http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.ca/2012...on-part-3.html

    Chuck reports that the proof may be raised to 111, due to earlier having raised their entry proof to a (still low) 115, i.e., the average proof level in their inventory will rise over time so they are targeting now (or apparently soon) for a 111 proof number for the brand. If they used water, they wouldn't need to do that. (No it doesn't prove anything but seems consistent with the view I take of it at the moment. No need to believe in Santa. ).

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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    Why oh why don't we have someone here as the go-to-insider-guy on WT? You'd think they'd want a rep onboard (unofficially, perhaps), despite our tiny niche status.
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    Re: Barrel Proof?

    Here's an interview from last year where Jimmy Russell talks about the proof of the barrel entry and then he talks about Rare Breed. Go to about 18:45.


 

 

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