This experiment considered how the taste of bourbon is affected when aged in new American white oak barrels and finished in used French oak Chardonnay barrels. Two different ages of bourbon were examined.
Aged for six years in a new American white oak barrel before it was re-barreled into a used French oak Chardonnay barrel for eight more years, this whiskey is 14 years old. The taste reveals a marriage of fruitiness from the Chardonnay barrel with smoky vanilla notes.
Bourbon was aged for ten years and six months in a new American white oak barrel. Then it was re-barreled in a used French oak Chardonnay barrel and aged for eight more years. Aged a total of 18 years, this whiskey boasts more oak at the start, but finishes with the fruitiness of the wine influence.
American white oak barrels that previously held Zinfandel wine were used to age bourbon. Two different ages of bourbon were examined. Both bourbons aged in new barrels first, one for six years and the other for 10 years, before being finished in used Zinfandel barrels for eight years.
This whiskey aged for six years and three months in a new American white oak barrel before it was re-barreled into a used American oak Zinfandel barrel. There it was aged for another eight years, making it a total of 14 years old. The expected wine fruitiness is absent in the initial palate, but is replaced with an exciting spiciness. It is not the rye-grain spice normally associated with bourbon, but a grape-vine herbal quality that slides across the tongue and lingers for what seems like forever. This is an epic whiskey with grandeur and grace. Old world quaffing of a vine and field mélange.
Aging first in a new American white oak barrel for ten years, this bourbon was then re-barreled into a used American oak Zinfandel barrel for another eight years. Aged a total of 18 years, this whiskey carries little subtlety. The original whiskey brings powerful flavors to the refinement of the Zinfandel wine barrel. The Zinfandel does dance along the edges with its dry herbal flavorings, but the bourbon fills the ballroom with its grain and wood bouquet.