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Exclusive Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels from Ace Spirits



Hand selected whiskey barrels by Ace Spirits mean you get the very best quality product at an attractive price.


When you bill yourself as a whiskey shop, you damn well better believe in the products you sell. These here are some of our favorites- at least the distillers that would sell us entire barrels! When possible, we have our whiskey bottled at barrel strength and we only select barrels that we stand behind. Whiskey barrels can take some time to get in, so stay tuned for more arrivals!


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    After the two year period was complete we blended most of the whiskey into our inventory but saved two barrels as "Reserve stock." We presented this unique opportunity to Ace Spirits who selected one of the two barrels.

    This Hybrid barrel contains American oak, French Oak, and Eastern European Oak from Slovakia. All were charred and toasted at medium (#3) levels.

    Our experience from tasting the different barrels was that the American Oak, our standard, had the highest vanillin development resulting in a more typical American sweet profile, The French and Eastern Euro Oaks were significantly drier and much higher in tannin levels. And the Hybrid did the best job of introducing more tannin, but balancing with the vanillin profile. Way higher oak flavors, but not to the point of eliminating the vanilla content compared to American Oak.

    This particular barrel Hybrid 1, was one of two filled on 8/9/11. The barrel was dumped and bottled just prior to shipping to Ace Spirits in May 2015."">
    Dry Fly Cask Strength 3 Year Old Wheat Whiskey- Ace Spirits Single Barrel Selection
    Our Price: $39.98
    Compare at: $60.00
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    The brand carries the name of the Rev. Elijah Craig, the man who discovered the method of making true Kentucky Bourbon when he stored his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire.

    Nose: About as complete a Bourbon aroma as you are likely to find...Near miraculous: one of the most beautiful noses found anywhere in the world today.

    Taste: A bourbon to keep in the mouth forever...

    Comments: Perhaps one of my favorite five or six bourbons and ... at its best just before bed. Brilliant.">
    Elijah Craig 11 Year Old Bourbon- Ace Spirits Single Barrel Selection
    Our Price: $29.99
    Read about the 25th Anniversary event here.

    In 1992, Booker Noe introduced the world to Knob Creek Bourbon - a pre-Prohibition style bourbon created to reflect the FULL FLAVOR, strength and care that defined the whiskies of that era. Honoring decades of the same care and craftsmanship, Booker's son and 7th generation master distiller Fred Noe, is proud to release Knob Creek 25th Anniversary - a limited edition, UNFILTERED, and CASK STRENGTH Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey personally selected to be the truest form of Knob Creek.">
    Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon- Ace Spirits #5166
    Our Price: $129.98
    Compare at: $150.00
    blog post for more detail! Stave Configuration: (0-P2, 0-CU, 10-46, 0-MO, 0-SP) Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it. in 2017, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky: Baked American Pure 2 (P2) Seared French Cuvee (CU) Maker's 46 (46) Roasted French Mocha (MO) Toasted French Spice (SP) By arranging these staves in different configurations, you could develop up to 1,001 different whisky variants. After several attempts, we found the recipe that suited our palate. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows. Then I got to thinkingÖ OK, we got this awesome Private Select chosen, would it be possible to make a barrel using ONLY the Makerís 46 staves? Since it was to be bottled at barrel proof, this would essentially be Makerís Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon!!!??? The answer was yes. In fact, if you wanted this bottle you could get it only at Makerís Mark- a distillery only release made at the direction of Bill Samuels Jr. himself! In the fall of 2017 we paid a visit to Maker's Mark to create our very own Maker's 46 Private Select Barrel. Let's back up a bit first. Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it. Basically, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky: Baked American Pure 2 Seared French Cuvee Maker's 46 Roasted French Mocha Toasted French Spice Samples aged in barrels with exclusively one stave type were blended to approximate the final product. French Spice was very sharp and tannic, French Cuvee was very rich and round. By calculating the percentages to blend in based on the number of staves of each type, we would go through the process of determining (what I would consider to be) the best stave configuration. The first attempt produced a rich, round, but very flat whisky. The next didn't offer much improvement. Only through inserting some mocha and spice- flavors which on their own were completely outside of my wheelhouse, did the whisky become balanced and truly memorable. On the fifth iteration, the whisky was finMaker's Mark Private Selection Processally perfect. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows. Then I got to thinking... OK, we got this awesome Private Select chosen, would it be possible to make a barrel using ONLY the Maker's 46 staves? Since it was to be bottled at barrel proof, this would essentially be Maker's Mark Cask Strength!!!??? The answer was yes. In fact, this had been done only once before- as a distillery only release at the direction of Bill Samuels Jr. himself! I'm pleased to offer you, for the first time outside of the distillery, Maker's Mark Cask Strength!">
    Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon- Ace Spirits Selection
    Our Price: $64.99
    blog post for more detail! SPECIAL TWO PACK AT A SPECIAL PRICE! Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it. in 2017, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky: Baked American Pure 2 (P2) Seared French Cuvee (CU) Maker's 46 (46) Roasted French Mocha (MO) Toasted French Spice (SP) By arranging these staves in different configurations, you could develop up to XXX different whisky variants. After several attempts, we found the recipe that suited our palate. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows. Then I got to thinkingÖ OK, we got this awesome Private Select chosen, would it be possible to make a barrel using ONLY the Makerís 46 staves? Since it was to be bottled at barrel proof, this would essentially be Makerís Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon!!!??? The answer was yes. In fact, if you wanted this bottle you could get it only at Makerís Mark- a distillery only release made at the direction of Bill Samuels Jr. himself!">
    Maker's Mark 46 Private Select Barrel Bourbon 2 Pack
    Our Price: $119.98
    Compare at: $130.00
    blog post for more detail! Stave Configuration: (2-P2, 4-CU, 2-46, 1-MO, 1-SP) Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it. in 2017, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky: Baked American Pure 2 (P2) Seared French Cuvee (CU) Maker's 46 (46) Roasted French Mocha (MO) Toasted French Spice (SP) By arranging these staves in different configurations, you could develop up to 1,001 different whisky variants. After several attempts, we found the recipe that suited our palate. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows.">
    Maker's Mark 46 Private Select Barrel Bourbon- Ace Spirits Selection
    Our Price: $64.99
    visited the distillery, fell in love, and just had to score one of these sought after barrels.">
    Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Single Barrel & Free Filthy Cherries- Ace Spirits Selection
    Our Price: $46.98
    Compare at: $58.00
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