Coffee and whiskey lovers rejoiced when Jack Daniel's unleashed whiskey-infused coffee earlier this year. Now, it looks like Starbucks is taking the exciting -- and sort of surprising -- marriage of your favorite flavors to the next level with its first-ever whiskey barrel aged coffee. Yes, really.
Starbucks said the new coffee is made from an 800lb batch of green (not yet roasted) Starbucks Reserve Sulawesi coffee beans that are aged in emptied American Oak aged whiskey barrels from Woodinville Whiskey Co., then roasted by the coffee giant's master roasters. Starting on Monday, Starbucks is serving the barrel aged coffee in the form of two new beverages, Barrel Aged Cold Brew and Barrel Aged Con Crema, exclusively at its Willy Wonka-esque Seattle Roastery.
The coffee beans absorb the whiskey flavor from the barrel over the course of several weeks, and although the roasting process burns off the actual alcohol, the company claims the flavors and the aroma of the whiskey still comes through in the drinks. That's right: the barrel aged coffee is totally non-alcoholic, so don't expect anything other than a caffeine buzz from drinking the stuff.