Derek Jeter-backed startup Bespoken raises $2.6M to ‘deconstruct’ whiskey, shave years off aging process

They say all good things take time — but what if that means turning years into days?

That’s at least part of the value proposition behind distillery tech startup Bespoken Spirits. The Menlo Park, California-based company says it has mastered the technology to more accurately fine tune whiskey flavor profiles, and compress the liquor’s lengthy aging process into a matter of days.

Bespoken recently raised a $2.6 million seed round of funding from a group of investors, including former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter. And while it may not be the first company to try to shave years off the distillation process, its co-founders say it could be the first to leverage that technology to help third parties chase a specific demographic’s taste profile.

“I think a simple way to think about what we have done is we deconstructed the barrel,” Bespoken Spirits co-founder Stu Aaron explained in a

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