I'm not really a bourbon drinker. But when in Kentucky I went to Buffalo Trace and took a tour lead by someone's adorable grandpa, Fred. That man knows his bourbon. I learned that this distillery got around prohibition by making 'medicinal' booze, that 'bourbon' doesn't actually have to be made in KY (but more than 95% is), and the material, size, & color of the warehouse where barrels are aged have an effect on how the booze turns out. There are so many details that need to be attended to- it's really impressive.
The hole in the side of the barrel is called the 'bung hole".
Stored bung holes up
Small batch hand bottling and labeling line.
Today I tried to go for a ride, but I got stuck. Literally. I got rolling early enough that the beginning part of the trail was still frozen. The part that was shadowed by a hillside. As soon as I rounded a corner into the sun I hit the stickiest mud I've ever encountered. After a little more than 100 feet of trail my bike looked like this: