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    Quote Originally Posted by boone
    Paul, to be called bourbon, it has to aged for at least two years in (white) oak barrels

    Bettye Jo
    I'm catching Bettye Jo on a technicality

    To be called a STRAIGHT bourbon, it has to be aged at least 2 years. It could be dumped out a the barrel 1 minute after entering it and be called bourbon (pending meeting all other req.). Of course , nobody is going to waste a new charred barrel for 1 minute of aging....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadewood
    I'm catching Bettye Jo on a technicality
    Well, I guess I'll whistle her on another, different "T'". (Didn't we used to have a striped-shirted, whistling referee smilie?):

    Quote Originally Posted by boone
    to be called bourbon, it has to aged for at least two years in (white) oak barrels
    The government reglations do not actually specify what kind of oak must be used:

    (1)(i) ``Bourbon whisky'', ``rye whisky'', ``wheat whisky'', ``malt whisky'', or ``rye malt whisky'' is whisky... stored at not more than 125 deg. proof in charred new oak containers ... .
    In fact, of the various American oaks, only the several members of the white oak group will make barrels that hold liquid. The wood of the various black and red oaks would be legal, but they apparently leak.

    In practice, I think that only the "classic" White oak, Quercus alba, is used in the bourbon industry.

    Often you will read that the barrels must not only be White oak, but American White oak. But this also is not true. I think that Ken Weber has said that some of their experimental whiskeys are aging in European oak barrels.

    Jeff
    "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadewood
    I'm catching Bettye Jo on a technicality

    To be called a STRAIGHT bourbon, it has to be aged at least 2 years. It could be dumped out a the barrel 1 minute after entering it and be called bourbon (pending meeting all other req.). Of course , nobody is going to waste a new charred barrel for 1 minute of aging....



    Good one, Wade

    You suprise me ...I thought for sure one of ya would catch the---(white) oak---in my reply?

    Heaven Hill, uses "white oak" and so do alot of other distilleries...

    In the regs it does not specify what type of oak... It states new oak ...

    Hammer away

    Here are the rules...

    http://www.distill.com/specs/USA10.html

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Bettye Jo

    LATE EDIT--------->I see I have another winnah!
    Last edited by boone; 04-02-2006 at 13:02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffRenner
    The wood of the various black and red oaks would be legal, but they apparently leak.

    In practice, I think that only the "classic" White oak, Quercus alba, is used in the bourbon industry.
    Jeff
    Wet red oak is reputable to give off a strong cat's pee odor. I don't think anyone cares too much about how large the "angel's share" is when the contents smell, well, less than angelic.

    Roger

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    I believe the current version of Old Crow is bottled at 36 months.

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    Of course , nobody is going to waste a new charred barrel for 1 minute of aging....[/quote]

    Unless its so they can write "Bourbon" on their bottle.

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    Originally Posted by wadewood
    I'm catching Bettye Jo on a technicality

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffRenner
    Well, I guess I'll whistle her on another, different "T'". (Didn't we used to have a striped-shirted, whistling referee smilie?): Jeff



    You guys play rough hey.
    Last edited by Paulbrad25; 04-03-2006 at 12:14.

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    Besides Old Crow, I think Ancient Age is 36 months. Thought there was one at 24, but can't remember right now.
    Bob

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    If you do remember then I think we have a winner.

 

 

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