Seelbach's ASW Georgia Heartwood|
Everyone is allowed to have favorites. I selected and evaluated hundreds of bourbon's for Seelbach's. ASW's Georgia Heartwood is one of the few barrel picks I've sought out from other stores and groups. There is something about the high wheated mash bill combined with the charred oak staves. Georgia Heartwood starts by collecting slabs of white oak. That oak cured in the elements from over a year. The slabs are separated by the sapwood and heartwood. The heartwood is dense with whiskey lactones that impart sweet and nutty flavors. These heartwood pieces are hand split and charred with direct flame. The staves are then added to the barrel to finish for 4-6 weeks. Each barrel is different. Anywhere from 18 to 30 staves are added per barrel. Somehow we've selected a barrel with 25 staves each time. Maybe that's the sweet spot?
Check out the full process here.