For those unfamiliar with the term “Angel’s Share,” it is the process by which the liquid inside of a whiskey barrel evaporates and escapes through the barrel. In some cases, a distillery will find barrels that are completely empty after setting for more than a decade in the hot climate of a rickhouse. No producer in Kentucky is probably more familiar with the effects of the Angel’s Share than Old Forester.
Old Forester uses heated warehouses whereby each winter, they seal all of the windows and doors and have their built-in boiler system start up to begin pumping heat and humidity inside of them. They raise the temperature up to around 90 degrees or so for a couple weeks before turning it off.
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