Our barrels are made from premium quality American White Oak. The staves are air dried for two years and all barrels have a medium char. Our barrels are all hand crafted with no use of glues or nails, therefore barrel “curing” is required 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 placing the appropriate number of storing tablets in the barrel and filling the barrel with boiling or hot water. Allow it to soak for 3 to 5 days. This allows the barrel to swell tightly against the hoops and ensure that the barrel doesn’t leak .Water may leak from between the staves or at the barrel head seam. This is normal and will stop within 24 hours as the wood swells. Barrels that do not leak should still be cured for 3 to 5 days. This will minimize the amount of alcohol absorbed by the barrel staves. After curing the barrel, empty the solution 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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