A huge Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky caught fires on yesterday and was decimated. It was housing about 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon.
The cause of the fire is uncertain.
The company stated the multi-storied warehouse that was burned contained “relatively young whiskey,” that is the whisky which had not yet reached maturity for bottling for consumers. Bourbon gets its colour and flavour through aging for years in charred new oak barrels. According to the company’s statement, given the age of the lost whisky, the fire will not adversely affect the availability of Jim Beam for consumers.
The whisky lost through this fire accounted for only 1 per cent of Jim Beam’s bourbon inventory. There is apprehension that runoff whiskey seeping into nearby waterways would harm aquatic life.