ARTICLES ABOUT BARRELS & BARREL RELATED TOPICS
TYPES OF BARRELS
Richard Thomas, April 8, 2016 vie TheWhiskeyReviewer.com
..."Each of these different cask types has an impact on whiskey maturation for a variety of reasons, but two stand out as most important. First, a reused barrel carries with it some of the previous contents, imparting the flavors therein. This is especially the case for the first refill of that old barrel, hence part of the primacy of “first fill” whisky in the Scotch industry" .. Click Image to Read More!
THE 8,000 YEAR EFFORT TO TRANSPORT WINE AROUND THE WORLD
Joshua Malin, March 23, 2014 via winepair.com
"When the Romans encountered the Gauls they found a people who were transporting beer in wooden barrels, bound together with metal hoops. The Celts are recognized as the inventors of the wooden barrel, but" ... Click Image to Read More!
BOURBON, BARRELS AND CLIMATE
Tom Kimmerer Dec 30, 2014 via gobourbon.com
"Barrels were filled at the distillery and shipped by flatboat, taking weeks or months to reach New Orleans or the east coast. By the time it arrived, the barrels had been heated, cooled and sloshed around, all the while extracting the oak ingredients that make bourbon. It appears likely, then, that the first bourbon to reach market was an accidental result of the shipping process".... Click image to read more!
AN ABSURDLY COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING WHISKEY
Jake Emen August 13, 2015 via eater.com
"The Father of Japanese Whisky had spent time living and learning in Scotland, and had a clear vision for how he would craft his own whisky, on his own island, halfway around the world"... Click Image to Read More!
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASKS, PART 1
Harry Glennon Anderson March 19, 2015 via bruichladdich.com
"Prior to the arrival of the cask, wine had been transported in clay jugs called 'amphorae', sealed with pine resin. These were brittle and could easily break, even when wrapped in straw. The staves of a wooden cask were highly shock-absorbent and their rotund structure allowed even casks of several hundred pounds to be maneuvered" ... Click to image read more!
THE HISTORY AND SCIENCE OF THE BARREL- LESSON 1: THE ART OF COOPERAGE
November 21, 2012 via gotrum.com
"....before then, Julius Caesar invaded Gaul at Uxellodenum, the Roman army faced an enemy armed with wooden barrels filled with pitch and grease -a primitive incendiary bomb- which were lit and rolled down the hills toward the invading soldiers. These wooden barrels were called “cupae,” from where we derive the word “cooper.”"... Click image to read More!
USING OAK BARRELS TO AGE WHISKEY
Ryan Hardesty via gobourbon.com
"Whiskey barrels made from Oak have three broad effects on the spirit: As an additive – It adds to the taste and aroma of the spirit by providing desirable elements from the cask. For example: vanillin, Oak lactone (coconut, bourbon character), toastiness, wood sugars and color" ... Click image to read More!
OUR 9,000-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOZE
Andrew Curry via National Geographic
"The oldest firm evidence of an alcoholic beverage comes from Jiahu, China, where by 7000 B.C. farmers were fermenting a mix of rice, grapes, hawthorn berries, and honey in clay jars. Early Chinese emperors had bronze drinking vessels" .... Click Image to Read More!
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