Barrel aging goes back millennia; it became the only proper way to age alcoholic beverages once the Gauls taught the Romans that wood imparts far more satisfying flavors than clay. Also, it was apparently a better conductor of flavors than goatskin, which, while handy for ancient camping trips, wasn't great for storing fermented liquids for months, much less years. If you have a special someone who’s drawn to the maturity of barrel-aged spirits, this gift guide is for you. If you are the special someone who’s drawn to the maturity of barrel-aged spirits, this gift guide is also for you. Below you’ll find everything from barware to bitters to actual barrels. Soak it all in:
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