Sauce And Barrel Nyc

As the time in the barrel changes, so does the color of the whiskey © Getty Images Making whiskey requires a lot of skill and even more patience. A U.S. start-up wants to change that: instead of putting alcohol in a wooden barrel for decades, the process should only take a few days in the future. But skeptics are not fully convinced. The production of a whiskey is complex and time-consuming. After distillation, the alcohol remains in the barrel for many years – at least three years are required to be able to call it whiskey. As a rule, however, it is more likely to be 10, 15 or far more than 20 years. Because the longer the liquid rests in the barrel, the softer and more elegant the product becomes in the end. The many barrels have to be stored in special warehouses. In the U.S. state of Kentucky alone, more than nine million barrels are stored, most of them containing the bourbon whiskey typical of the region. Millions of liters of liquid are lost every year through evaporation processes. In the spirits world, this phenomenon is known as Angels’ Share, which is often loosely translated as “sip for the angels.”

US startup challenges whiskey world

Start-up Bespoken from faraway California claims to have developed a process that makes long and costly storage in wooden barrels obsolete. Admittedly, it is not the first company to venture into accelerated aging. However, the startup argues it is the first to combine high-speed aging with a machine learning-based approach. Exactly how Bespoke’s touted process works isn’t revealed. “Rather than pouring the spirit into a barrel and passively waiting for nature to take its course and simply rolling the dice to see what happens, we instead use our proprietary ACTivation technology – where the A, C and T stand for aroma, color and taste (in the original) – to pour the barrel into the spirit and actively control the process and chemical reactions to deliver bespoke spirits of the highest quality – in just days rather than decades,” the founders say. In other words, instead of relying on the natural – and therefore imprecise – process of barrel aging, the idea now is to make the aging process precise and repeatable. 17 billion whiskey variants are said to be possible with the proprietary development. It’s no wonder that in view of these promises, both industry veterans and industry giants are skeptical; after all, the success of the whiskey world is based primarily on its craft. However, the company has already won a number of competitions. Bespoken won eight prizes at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ten prizes at the American Distillery Institute’s 2020 Judging of Craft Spirits. “The company’s ability to deliver both quality and variety is what really caught my attention and made me want to invest,” said T.J. Rodgers, one of the investors who recently poured millions into the young company. “In a short period of time, they’ve already produced an incredible range of premium spirits, from whiskeys to rum, brandy and tequila,” the financier enthused – but of course, that’s his job, too. Despite the accolades, it’s going to be a difficult task for Bespoken to win over whiskey purists. “I am outraged by the shortcutters of the world who see the creative process as nothing more than an easy way to make money,” wrote whiskey critic John Dover in a review of one product. The Financial Times said, “Technology cannot distill the old romance of a whiskey.” Currently, the company is only present in the U.S., but they are already planning to expand into other markets. One challenge is the strict EU laws that require whiskey to be aged for at least three years. But here, too, the makers want to come up with something: They simply take whiskey that has been aged for three years as a basis and want to refine it in such a way that it tastes like a whiskey that has already been slumbering in the barrel for a decade. Read also: – Stephan Hinz: These cocktails are almost art – Berliner Brandstifter: Vodka may taste again – Myriam Hendrickx: “The Germans and the Dutch have a lot in common when it comes to drinking” #Topics

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