By law, bourbon must be aged in a new charred oak barrel—but there are variables and considerations that affect the final flavor outcome. These are the mechanics of barrel-aging: how it works, why it matters, and what terms like “angels’ share,” “toast,” and “char” mean.
If you’re interested in making whisky cocktails at home, you’ll need these bar tools and a few choice mixers.
A bottle of scotch takes a long voyage before you open and pour it. Follow along as we retrace the steps.
For videos with closed captions, please see the Whisky Advocate video page on YouTube.