The term #AngelsShare
There is one phrase that affects every single batch of #whiskey made: angel’s share. While this term may not be found on the side of a bottle, it is something that pervades the whiskey industry. But what does it mean? To understand it, we must first understand the process by which whiskey is made.
These days, pretty much all whiskeys are aged in wooden barrels. The wood absorbs some of the more unpleasant aspects of distillate (such as sulfur), and, in return, imbues the liquid with flavors unique to itself. The harmony between whiskey and wood has existed for years.
However, there is a catch; due to the porousness of the barrel, some of the liquor inside would disappear during the critical aging process. The result? A loss of about 2% of the total volume per year. Because the liquid would evaporate into the heavens, it was dubbed the “angel’s share.” Images of drunken angels notwithstanding, this unavoidable circumstance is both a blessing and a curse.
Wishing 112 year old Richard Overton a Happy Birthday! He still smokes 12 #cigars a day. “I’m happy every day,” he said while puffing a cigar in his home. “I don’t have no worries. I feel fine—I ain’t got no aches, pains or nothing.” #cigarsocialclub#smoke#veteran#ageless