Pine Barrens American Single Malt whiskey is distilled from a base of "barley wine" (that is, a high-proof beer) beginning at 10% alcohol and thus we presume a base of 100% barley in the style of single malt scotch and many Irish whiskeys. Interestingly, the barley wine / ale that serves as the base for the distillate comes in with a very high hop count of (70 IBUs), which will give some hop-character to the whisky. It is aged for 1 year in "petite" oak casks, which tend to promote greater contact between spirit and wood and accelerates the aging process. The name itself comes from the Suffolk region of woods and wetlands. Not the Scottish (though un-American) style of spelling whisky without the "e."