We talk to people all the time who know they like American whiskey, but maybe don’t know exactly where to start. Sometimes they’ll know a few bottles they’ve tried and liked, sometimes they aren’t sure it’s Bourbon or Rye or a Single Malt they go for, and sometimes they just aren’t quite sure what whiskey is at all. That’s what we’re here for!
There is a persistent myth that has grown rampant in the world - that great bourbon and rye, the great treasures of the imbiber's New World, can only be made and barreled in a small fraction of the land of "amber waves of grain." But just like The Star Sprangled Banner, bourbon and rye, and all the wonderful in-betweens of American Whiskey, belong to no man, state or county. Learn more about our favorite Whiskies of the West.
So what do we mean, "barrel finished" spirits? After all, don't most spirits spend at least some time in a barrel? What we specifically mean by the term is that the spirit has spent at least some time in a barrel that had previously held an unrelated spirit or wine. In this article we introduce just a few of our favorites sorted by "barrel finish" type. Explore, mix, enjoy!