James Banks: Inspector/Wood Buyer for whiskey barrels Louisville, Kentucky | banksjim.jpg
"The barrel is the most important part of the whiskey. It gives it it's flavor and it's color. Kentucky bourbon has to be aged in a new white oak barrel for at least four years and it takes 75 to 100 years to make the barrel - from the tree to the barrel. You can't get in a hurry. Making a whiskey barrel is an art. You are always going to have to do most of it by hand. It's been that way forever."
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