381 – The Rights and Wrongs of Barrel Finished Bourbons



It’s quite apparent that cask finished bourbons are continuing to push the envelope. Every company and producer is utilizing different barrels to create new flavors and new SKUs. We sit down to analyze secondary cask finished bourbons from a legal and producer perspective. Why isn’t there legal wording for recharging barrels? What are the various wine types that create better taste profiles? Is finishing a whiskey an excuse for covering up bad barrels? Can brands hide behind a whiskey speciality and do consumers even care?

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about today’s market growth and the bourbon boom
  • From a judging standpoint, should secondary cask finished bourbons not be in the bourbon category?
  • Do most consumers know Angel’s Envy is not a bourbon or do they even care?
  • Is there a label sprawl problem with every brand coming out with different finishes?
  • What are the best types of barrels to finish a bourbon?
  • What are the differences between the types of barrels used for various wine types?
  • Is finishing a whiskey an excuse for covering up bad barrels?
  • What level of risk can you take with finishing whiskey that could turn our terrible?
  • Should there be a definition of recharging a barrel?
  • Does age of the whiskey matter when secondary finishing?
  • Should producers try to disclose the winery where the barrels are sourced?
  • Do you ever get bourbon fatigue and feel like changing things up with a finished whiskey?
  • Are barrel finishes added-value and should charge more per bottle?
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