Aging is an essential part of the whiskey making process which imparts the characteristic character of the spirit. That doesn’t stop distillers from exploring new ways to do so with mixed results. The type of wood used for the barrel, its previous content, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure all contribute in one way or another. OH Ingram’s Flagship Bourbon tells an interesting story.
Some of the more unique approaches to aging include barrels placed in trains, boats, and other forms of transportation. Movements, varying elevations, and other factors while he is in motion affect his maturation. Everything looks like nothing more than a gimmick to make whiskey more appealing.
However, as long as they attract buyers, these methods are here to stay. OH Ingram, meanwhile, sheds some light on the stages his Flagship Bourbon goes through that makes him so special. The spirit begins in Owensboro, Kentucky, at the Green River Distilling Co.
Eight barrels of half-rye bourbon then head to a cellar anchored on the edge of a river. In short, it’s a large floating platform on the Mississippi River. Technically, the Flagship Bourbon is on a boat, but it’s stationary.
However, the flow of water creates a movement that agitates the whiskey inside the barrels. Fluctuations in temperature throughout the day help it develop a signature profile, while high humidity reduces the share of angelfish. Call it what you want, but “aged river” seems appropriate.
“In a nautical fleet, the flagship is the crown jewel, and this bourbon absolutely dominates our fleet of expressions,” notes distillery founder Hank Ingram. The OH Ingram Flagship Bourbon is available in select markets and a bottle costs $99.
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