Bourbon By Nino Marchetti / January 21, 2020 The Oak & Eden spirits label out of Texas, as we touched upon when it first debuted in mid-2018, is all about taking traditionally aged whiskeys like rye and bourbon and finishing them in bottle with a a five-inch-long, spiral-cut piece of American oak that reportedly imparts “new flavors and characteristics to the whiskey that couldn’t be achieved in a single barrel alone.” Its newest release in this regard is a wheated bourbon finished inside the bottle with “a toasted French Oak Spire.”The new Oak & Eden Wheat & Spire bourbon, according to those behind it, begins as a two year old wheated bourbon with a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat and 4% malted barley. It is then put into a glass bottle and a French oak spiral cut piece of wood that has a medium toast is added, compounding over time what is said to be “the naturally occurring creamy, silky experience found in a wheated Bourbon.”“With the rise in popularity of wheated Bourbon, we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience in Wheat & Spire,” said Oak & Eden Cofounder & CEO, Joe Giildenzopf, in a prepared statement. “The addition of the French Oak Spire creates a smooth silkiness coming from the rich botanicals and porous characteristics found in French Oak.Oak & Eden Wheat & Spire (image via Oak & Eden)“Because of the way the Spire helps to develop such a smooth finish, Oak & Eden has become recognized as one of the staple whiskies by both whiskey connoisseurs and lay drinkers alike, and Wheat & Spire may just be our smoothest and most pleasant whiskies yet.”Wheat & Spire is the third permanent mark in the Oak & Eden product line, alongside its predecessors, Bourbon & Spire and Rye & Spire. It looks to be pricing around $45 per 750 ml bottle and is bottled at 90 proof. It is available for sale in Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana.