Ex-whiskey barrels (oak barrels that once held whiskey) have never been more popular. Breweries are using them to age beers, tequila companies are finishing high-end añejos in them, and even vodka companies are getting in on the trend. Now, the prized barrels are imparting their oaky, vanilla-tinged aromatics to coffee.
Bulleit Bourbon, in partnership with a London coffee house called The Gentlemen Baristas, has created two limited-edition coffees made with beans that have spent two weeks in ex-bourbon casks. The first bean blend, called The Trucker, is meant for espresso and made with single-origin beans from El Salvador. For brewed coffee fans, there’s The Gatsby, made with single-origin beans from Colombia.
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According to the Drinks Enthusiast, who tasted both of the coffees, the bourbon barrels imparted zesty, spicy notes to the brews. The coffee is also being touted as, of course, a perfect whiskey cocktail ingredient.