Our barrels are made from premium quality American White Oak. The staves have a medium char. Each barrel is hand crafted with no use of glues or nails, therefore barrel “curing” is required IMMEDIATELY and prior to use. This process serves two functions:
- Allows the barrel to swell and prevent leaking
- Limits the amount of alcohol absorbed by the barrel. Start by filling the barrel with cold water, and constantly top it up until the water level stays full, this can take 2-3 weeks. This allows the barrel to swell tightly against the hoops and ensure that the barrel doesn’t leak . At first water will leak from between the staves or at the barrel head seam, this is normal and will stop within 7 days as the wood swells. Barrels that do not leak should still be cured until the water level does not drop. This will minimize the amount of alcohol absorbed by the barrel staves. After curing the barrel, empty and rinse with hot water 3 times. Now fill the barrel with your spirits and place the bung in tightly…Enjoy!
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