Small Barrels Produce Lousy Whiskey

Small Barrels Produce Lousy Whiskey

by Charles Cowdery

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Tested The Effectiveness Of 5, 10, and 15 Gallon Barrels for Aging Bourbon Whiskey. Chuck Cowdery's article about that experiment, published in his American whiskey newsletter, The Bourbon Country Reader, caused a sensation, especially among the micro-distillers who swear by small barrels. This small book includes that original article as well as some additional, related material. Some of it is new and appears here for the first time. It is being published as an ebook for the benefit of people who want to read it, but don't want to shell out for a subscription to the newsletter. The community of people who have an interest in this sort of thing is small but ardent. This seems to be the best way to make it available to the greatest number of people without just giving it away as a blog post.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014510240
Publisher: Made and Bottled in Kentucky
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 16 KB

About the Author

Charles K. Cowdery is the author of BOURBON, STRAIGHT: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey (Made and Bottled in Kentucky, 2004). He writes about American whiskey for The Malt Advocate, WHISKY Magazine and other publications; and is editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, the only publication dedicated exclusively to American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009).

Online, Cowdery blogs about American whiskey and other subjects at The Chuck Cowdery Blog (

Cowdery's first contribution to broader bourbon awareness and understanding was the public television documentary "Made and Bottled in Kentucky," which he wrote, produced and directed for the commonwealth's bicentennial celebration in 1992. That production was underwritten by grants from Kentucky Educational Television and the Kentucky Distillers Association.

As a marketing professional, Cowdery has worked in and around the beverage alcohol industry for more than 30 years, including nine as a Kentucky resident. During that part of his career, he worked on major marketing projects for Brown-Forman, Beam Global and Diageo.

A resident of Chicago since 1987, Cowdery is a freelance journalist, marketing copywriter, scriptwriter, and attorney-at-law. His other book is Blues Legends (Gibbs Smith, 1995), which profiles 20 notable blues musicians. He does speaking appearances on both subjects, bourbon and blues.

Born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, Cowdery has a B.S. degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a J.D. from the DePaul University School of Law (Chicago, Illinois).

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