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Cleveland Underground Bourbon Whiskey Finished with Apple Wood

From: Ohio, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

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Cleveland Underground is a series of whiskey that uses the Cleveland technology to obtain flavors from woods that are not normally used in barrel production (because they "leak like a sieve," according to the marketing website). This is the apple wood expression, that uses the accelerated aged bourbon and gives an extra infusion of apple wood. They suggest looking for flavor notes of "baking spice."

Cleveland Whiskey was founded by Tom Lix, who arrived in Cleveland in 2007 and founded a company based upon accelerating the whiskey maturation process. According to the write-up in Magnet, he places the whiskey in stainless steel tanks where "Carefully measured sections of oak and other woods, categorized by surface area, weight and moisture content, are placed inside the vats. These will contribute a whole palette of unique flavors. Pressure cycles, temperature cycles and other factors will be constantly monitored and adjusted by automated equipment." This process is meant to both imitate and compress natural aging that takes place over many days (temperature and humidity variations coming from the rising and setting of the sun and other weather conditions) into minutes—they say a factor of 36:1. The company itself was founded in 2009.

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