A neat little video focusing on a cooperage that supplies Jack Daniel’s distillery with its barrels. Hit play and enjoy.

For those who don’t know, Bourbon whiskey must be aged in brand new oak barrels thanks to a law that was passed by Congress in 1964, which basically kept coopers in business. After they’ve been used to age the whiskey, barrels can then be sold on elsewhere – for example to help give a little extra something to single malt whisky during the ageing process. And, once they’ve done the rounds a couple of times, the barrels can then be lopped in half and sold onto garden centres.

They’ve a pretty good life for an inanimate object.


I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine, among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories, including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital content. Follow me on Instagram.com/maltreview/ or Twitter.com/MaltReview. Generally, my tastes lean towards ex-sherry cask and ex-wine cask influences on the spirit, but I'm not so fussed as long as the whisky's gone into good wood.

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