distilling bourbon with the angels and mr. wheatley

rickhouseA few days after publishing last week’s bourbon slide show, it hit me that I had forgotten to include my favorite “slide” of the trip. While the photo subject was neither food nor drink, it seemed to capture the spirit of the bourbon-making process.

The black building above is a rickhouse–essentially a non-climate controlled multistory building where bourbon is aged–owned by Barton Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. The light streaming down from above made me think that the manufacture of bourbon was being blessed. And while I’m sure there are those who would not see spirit-manufacture as heavenly, there is the matter of the angel’s share.

Though there is a movie with that name (which I highly recommend if you like travel, hijinx, and the like), the “angel’s share” I’m referring to is what Whiskey Magazine defines as

“The amount of alcohol which evaporates from the casks during maturation. “

About two percent of the bourbon in a barrel is said to be lost to the angels each year, and this photo might just be proof.

Silliness aside (or is it?), I’ll send you over to a recent Blog of Funny Names post to talk more about bourbon. Then please come back again next week as we’ll get back into the kitchen. Bourbon brittle anyone?

46 thoughts on “distilling bourbon with the angels and mr. wheatley

    • Thanks, Suzanne. Pressure is on to come up with a decent bourbon brittle now! Glad to have you here.

      Another topic: I made an apple pie after reading your post the other night. Family was over the moon happy πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Gretchen. Can I hear a woohoo? πŸ˜‰ All sorts of bourbon fun, but have yet to drink any since we returned. Real life leaves no time for cocktails 😦 Though a girl can always dream, right?

  1. I kind of love the idea of the Angel’s share and the way the sun is shining spiritually down on the distillery. Love that it’s your fave slide too πŸ™‚

    • it’s a pretty cool thought, yes? The picture took me by surprise. Had no idea it had caught all of the sun’s rays until I looked at it more closely back at our hotel. Thinking I should blow it up and frame it πŸ™‚

  2. Just more validation for my long standing affinity for alliteration…bourbon brittle, why yes please. (great shot by the way..I can hear the heavenly voices singing…)

    • Now I’m tied into making this happen, Amy! Yikes. Now I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. If you lived nearby, I would invite you over to eat through all of my mistakes (and the winner, too πŸ™‚ ).

  3. How timely is this post!?! On my recent outing, I noticed the number of micro-whiskey distilleries is on the rise. Saw several in Montana. We even have on in our own little town.

    Bourbon brittle, bon continuation! πŸ™‚

    • seems the fees for starting distilleries came down quite a bit, so yes they’re popping up everywhere. Woohoo πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit and also thanks for not bringing that grizzly πŸ˜‰

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