How great white shark research helps make the perfect Kentucky Bourbon
In honor of Bourbon’s history of aging on boats, distiller Trey Zoeller sent five barrels of recently distilled bourbon out to sea with his friend Chris Fischer. A high school friend of Zoeller’s, Fischer heads OCEARCH, an organization that tracks sharks and other endangered marine life. He kept the barrels on board his ship for three and a half years. Fischer covered more than 10,000 nautical miles, travelling south of the equator and in and out of the Panama Canal six times.
So what happened when Zoeller tapped those first barrels?
"The experiment totally exceeded our expectations," he says. "The bourbon went in clear as water and came out black. Bourbon always picks up color in the barrel, but this 4-year-old bourbon was darker than 30-year-old bourbon."
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