Bourbon - Storage
Eachhas their own preferences for storing the .
In the past barrels are stored.with a height of 4 to 5 floors were built. On each floor between 3 and 6 layers of
The warehouses have a skeleton of bars and girders that make it possible to roll the barrels horizontally. Between this skeleton there are elevators that make the vertical movement of the barrels possible. An ordinary warehouse has a capacity of approximately 20,000 barrels.
In these warehouses a very special climate is created. Below the roof there are very high temperatures in the summer, while at the bottom it stays as cool as if the room was air-conditioned. For temperature equalisation with the outside air a warehouse has many windows.
The barrels were therefore rotated. Rotating means the barrels are moved to different pre-determined positions within the during , so each can profit from the good positions in the middle of the warehouse. However, a certain part of the warehouse (usually 1/3 of the total capacity) must stay empty for rotation. Maker's Mark was one of the few distilleries that still rotated their barrels in 1999.matures differently on each floor. In the past the
The other distilleries have chosen a different way. They no longer rotate but mix barrels from different positions in the warehouse before . With this method you avoid the labour-intensive rotation of the , you use up the whole capacity of the warehouse and you gain an area in the centre of the where you find extraordinary barrels for and bottlings.
In 1996 several warehouses of the Heaven Hill distillery burned down. The burning whiskey pushed its way through the distillery down to the river. Thus also the burned down, and the whiskey burned on the river for the rest of the night.
In order to minimise the risk of fire, today each warehouse has a sprinkler system, and the warehouses are built at a safety distance. As passive safety, the wooden skeleton is built in such a way that a warehouse collapses during a fire and doesn't damage other .