The Character of a Whiskey

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The Character of a Whiskey

Postby DwightHuth » Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:39 pm

I know that aging a whiskey in a barrel gives the whiskey its flavor but what about the age of the tree that the barrel is made from?

Wouldn't an older tree used in the making of the barrel impart a character of the whiskey as well an aged flavor?

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Re: The Character of a Whiskey

Postby whiskgeek » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:50 pm

They make barrels from trees of a certain size (and therefore age). They get enough staves for one barrel from the section closest to the ground. I think they get another barrel from the next section up. The wood must be cut in a certain way, so they don't buy lumber from other sources.The coopers have their own forests, and harvest the trees at the right time. So the trees are always of a certain age.

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