Craft bourbon distilleries are basically small distilleries that produce bourbon using different techniques and methods. They often place emphasis on the use of high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and produce bourbon in small batches. This allows for more attention to detail and a more personalized approach to the production process.

Craft distilleries usually focus on the art of bourbon-making and may experiment with different barrel types, aging processes, finishing and unique flavor profiles to create distinct and exceptional bourbon. Many of them also prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility by using organic or locally sourced ingredients and recycling waste products from the distilling process.

Over the years, the popularity of craft bourbon distilleries has grown significantly as more consumers become interested in small-batch, high-quality spirits with unique flavors and a connection to their local communities. Visitors to craft distilleries can usually enjoy tours and tastings, where they can learn more about the distilling process and sample the spirits.  

Craft distilleries are on the rise and bringing many different types of flavor profiles.  They typically use the finishing process to achieve elevated and unique flavors.  Finishing bourbon refers to the process of aging the bourbon for an additional period of time in a barrel that previously contained a different type of spirit or wine. There are other ways to finish bourbon as learned from our friends at Innerstave and Broken Barrel.  This allows the bourbon to absorb some of the flavors and aromas of the previous contents of the barrel, which can result in a more complex and nuanced flavor profile.

Common types of barrels used for finishing bourbon include those that previously held sherry, port, rum, or wine. Jim shared a very unique bourbon from Peerless that was finished in absinthe barrels.  The bourbon is aged for several months or several years, depending on the desired flavor profile and intensity.

The Bourbon Road has enjoyed tasting many unique bourbons from craft distilleries.  Here are just a few of the recent craft distilleries that have been on the show.

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