When he's not busy picking barrels or judging spirits competitions, Taste Select Repeat found OJ Lima enjoys sharing his knowledge of distilled beverages with the world.
In his first article for noted spirits website Vinepair, OJ explores the history of single barrel whiskey and the unique challenges producers face in bringing them to consumers.
Titled, For Single-Barrel Whiskey, Bottling Consistency Is a Delicate — Sometimes Impossible — Dance, the article travels from the beginning, when Elmer T. Lee pioneered the single barrel concept with Blanton's, up to the present day and the advent of store picks and single barrel programs.
Along the way, OJ explains how whiskey producers must balance the need for consistency with the demand for something unique. Whether you're a bourbon nerd or a casual drinker with a taste for the good stuff, you'll enjoy finding out the history and hard work that goes into every bottle of single barrel whiskey.