Thursday, April 7, 2016
Today they have become a very valuable commodity, the demand for used whiskey barrels has grown exponentially over the past 10 or 15 years. Every other spirit producer is vying for them along with a large number of beer producers as well. The demand for them has all but used up all of the barrels that were sitting around in their storage warehouses and there are producers waiting for the next batch to come available as they are emptied.
Some of the old barrels are being cut up and
used as flooring and others made into flower pots My friend Troy Roberts at Drum Circle Distillery in Sarasota, Florida is loaning his rum barrels to a local brewery for aging beer then putting his rum into them giving the rum a new flavor from the barrels. There are many sherry and other wine using old whiskey casks and then having rum makers buy them for aging of the rum afterward. The days of the old whiskey barrels being an expensive storage issue is pretty much gone, and the life of a retired whiskey barrel has been greatly extended by the producers of almost every other spirit, wine and beer out there.