E286: Bespoken Spirts makes whiskey in just days


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Bespoken Spirits says they can make a delicious whiskey in days instead of years, while using a fraction of the wood and water of traditional methods. Sounds like voodoo to me, but founders Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek claim their spirits are voodoo-free.

They've taken the art of distilling and aging spirits and added some science to it. Instead of using barrels, they use "micro-staves" plus some heat and pressure to produce the desired result. They offer your traditional bourbon, rye, and rum but they can get a bit more creative from there. When the pandemic had breweries sitting on stocks of unsold beer, Bespoken worked with brewers to turn that beer into spirits. They distilled the brew then worked with their customers to craft the exact aroma, color, and taste they were going for.

We sampled a couple of these beer-its while we talked with Martin and Janousek. They offered pleasant aromas of caramel, tropical fruit, butter, floral notes and delivered these flavors as well. We did feel the woody notes in each offering were a bit sharp. Unfortunately, we didn't sample the bourbon or rye to make a comparison against ones made in the traditional method. One note, although they do process their bourbon the same as all of their other spirits, it does spend 3 months in barrels prior to that so it is actually bourbon.

Bespoken has stacked up several medals for their spirits, so their method must be working. We'll have to keep an eye out for the bourbon and rye so we can really test them out.

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