Blackwater Distilling Finishing Barrel Series: Bottling 006


Blackwater Distilling's Finishing Barrel Series explores the effects of different types of wood on the aging of spirits using different barrels, including those used to age other spirits and wines.

The bottles that we have on the shelf are the latest release, Bottling 006

Bottling No. 6 begins with the same 50/50 blend of rye whiskey and corn whiskey as Bottling No. 1. The rye whiskey, distilled to 135 proof, is a young Indiana rye, and is somewhat experimental. In new, charred white oak barrels for only six months, the spirit nevertheless underwent a series of manmade changes to the aging environment to “accelerate” the aging process, resulting in a whiskey that had the composition of something closer to 18 months in the barrel. The corn whiskey was distilled in Canada to 160 proof and stored in used white oak barrels for three years. The blend of the two whiskies then spent 21 months in Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry, and Napa Valley Port barrels. The blend of the three barrels makes up Bottling No. 6, with the Oloroso contributing a dry earthiness, and the PX and port barrels contributing layers of currants and red berries.
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