Have you ever heard of the Angel’s Share? If not, here is an explanation. These days, pretty much all whiskeys are aged in wooden barrels. The wood absorbs some of the more unpleasant aspects of distillate (such as sulfur), and, in return, imbues the liquid with flavors unique to itself. The harmony between whiskey and wood has existed for years.
However, there is a catch; due to the porousness of the barrel, some of the liquor inside would disappear during the critical aging process. The result? A loss of about 2% of the total volume per year. Because the liquid would evaporate into the heavens, it was dubbed the “angel’s share.” Images of drunken angels notwithstanding, this unavoidable circumstance is both a blessing and a curse. Cheers. 🥃🥃