A 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?