UK Partners With Bourbon Industry Leaders to Map White Oak Genome

Seth DeBolt poses in blue shirt against Maker's Mark White Oak tree

Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Oak barrels give bourbon its distinctive flavor, and Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is partnering with Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. and Independent Stave Company to research the DNA of the white oak to protect it for the future.