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    Handcrafted bourbon?

    Raise your hand if you have ever enjoyed a "hand crafted" bourbon. Raise your other hand if you know what that means.
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    It usually means they haven't got enough money to buy the proper equipment.
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    It means hands were used at some point in the process -- for example, to write a check or, if you're looking at true authenticity, to paste on a label.

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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    When I hear hand crafted, it reminds me of a craft center selling handicraft
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    How about Small Batch?

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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    I'm reminded of the staff at Heaven Hill pitching yeast by hand into those 50,000 gallon mash tanks.
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothAmbler View Post
    How about Small Batch?
    A meaningless term without legal definition. It is whatever the producer says it is and I think the smart ones will craft those words a little better on their labels.
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    It means you probably shouldn't buy it.

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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildrnesxperienc View Post
    It means you probably shouldn't buy it.
    Oh, I don't know. There are some decent "small batch" bourbons--regardless of the indefinite quality of the term. 4R comes to mind. But the thread is drifting. Is there really any such thing as "hand crafted" when we come to industrial strength distilling? Can the master distiller be said to be hand crafting when he decides where to make the cuts? When he decides which barrels go into the batch, regardless of its size? The origin of the question was mere idle, alcohol induced curiosity but there may be an actual semi-serious answer.
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    Re: Handcrafted bourbon?

    I mean "hand crafted". There are some great "small batch" bourbons. For example, all the BTAC could be called small batch really.

 

 

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