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A Cure for the Whiskey Shortage?

Most distillers tout the patient aging of their whiskeys, but Cleveland Whiskey has decided to pick up the pace. The Ohio company has developed a process to make whiskey in as little as six days. Its method could be a handy solution to the shortage of new oak barrels that keeps whiskey production from rising in tandem with demand. Rather than aging its whiskey in an oak barrel for years, as other distillers do, Cleveland Whiskey pours it into a barrel for just a brief moment (simply to comply with regulations on what can be marketed as "whiskey"), and then empties it into a stainless steel pressure-capable tank. The barrel is then cut into carefully measured pieces and, through what founder Tom Lix says is a proprietary process that involves frequent pressure, vacuum variations, and oxygen infusion, creates the taste of a much older whiskey. The result? One reviewer told, "It's got a really pronounced corn smell and a flavor that's more like a white whiskey, and a hotter finish—a little more burn."

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