Bourbon isn’t bourbon until it’s been aged in barrels
, both by tradition and by law. It needs a protected, waterproof vessel to come into its own, and wooden barrels are just the ticket.
Barrel-making is an ancient process — but there’s room for innovation, says Jeff LaHue, head of strategic partnerships at Independent Stave Company (ISC), the largest maker of whiskey barrels in the world. ISC also supplies barrels to Lux Row Distillery.