For those not familiar with how whiskey is made, here’s a basic breakdown of how it works. A grain (corn, rye, barley, or wheat) is crushed, heated, and distilled. The outcome of this process produces a clear, virtually flavorless spirit called “white dog.” This spirit then moves to an oak barrel where it will begin its aging process, adopting 100 percent of its color and between 60 and 80 percent of its flavor profile.
It’s fair to say that the experience of whiskey has more to do with wood than it does with the spirit. With hundreds of botanicals and countless flavor and texture characteristics inside any given species of wood, it is responsible for most of the flavor and all of the color in any whiskey.
Most distillers will move their fully aged whiskey straight to a bottle, ready for sale. Some distillers will move their whiskey from its original aging barrel into a secondary “finishing” barrel made from a different wood species than the aging barrel, or to a barrel that had previously aged another spirit. This finishing process creates a much richer, smoother, more desired profile due to the new impartation of wood and infusion.
Enter Oak & Eden Whiskey. This Dallas-based indie producer begins the whiskey process traditionally, curating some of the finest fully aged whiskey in America. However, they break with tradition in the finishing process. Instead of putting their whiskey into the second barrel, they cut the second barrel into a five-inch-long, spiral-cut spire and place it inside the bottle, finishing the whiskey in the bottle.
This patented technique of in-bottle finishing has propelled Oak & Eden to become one of the fastest-growing new brands of spirits in the industry. It has also helped make them the winner of more than 20 Gold/Double Gold medals, including two Gold medals at the Texas Whiskey Festival and a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
This fall, Oak & Eden has re-released their most popular seasonal release, Bourbon & Vine: a cabernet sauvignon–steeped bourbon. This six-time gold medalist is crafted in collaboration with Marker Cellars Winery in the Texas hills and is a product worthy of any whiskey shelf for connoisseurs and new drinkers alike.
Bourbon & Vine is available at most retailers throughout Texas, and you can learn more at oakandeden.com/vine.