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Project to map white oak DNA aims to provide greater understanding of major part of state’s signature spirit

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Distillers have been aging bourbon in oak barrels as far back as the Roman Empire. Oak barrels give bourbon its unique caramel, vanilla, nutty and toasted flavors. Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? How would industry professionals protect it? The University...

Scam Alert: Bourbon barrel company pretending to be headquartered in Lexington is stiffing customers

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert after his office and the Better Business Bureau say an online company claiming to be located in Lexington and selling bourbon barrels is scamming customers. OakWoodBarrels.com claims that “The Oak Wood Barrel Co.” sells bourbon, craft beer and spirit barrels that are ready to ship worldwide, yet three victims, two from out-of-state in Kansas...