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topping off whiskey barrels


paula@morpheusstudio.com

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There is a bit of tradition in doing what you are discussing. Many moonshiners or home distillers would do this. They would take a bit from a barrel and add a bit of new stuff. I agree the age statement is a bit of question mark if you are planning on that.

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I would think that the other issue here is that topping off may not meet the type designation depending on what you are making. For example. New barrel, bourbon. If you were to top it off with new make, that new make ain't bourbon, because the barrel isn't new. So now you've turned your barrel of Bourbon into a Barrel of Whiskey Distilled from Bourbon Mash. Am I off the mark here? And this would be in addition to issues with the age statement.

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I agree with you jamesbednar. I wonder though if you merely combined bourbon's of the same age to consolidate barrels. If you did that though, not sure how you would report angel's share stuff to the TTB.

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