If you are interested in aging or making your own wine, whiskey, rum, scotch, or some other type of liquor, the first thing you need to do is find a high-quality oak barrel. Of course, there is more to choosing the right barrel than simply finding one that is the right size at the right price. In order to determine whether or not a barrel is right for the liquor that you want to create, there are a few things that you should consider.
First of all, it is a good idea to understand the difference between some of the different types of oak that are used to create whiskey barrels. The most common are American oak and French oak. Although you can’t go wrong with either type, most people seem to prefer the American oak because of its ability to deliver stronger flavors.
The next thing to keep in mind is the char. Charring occurs when the inside of the barrel is quickly burned to remove the undesirable flavor that the oak can sometimes cause. If you choose a Red Head aging barrel made from American white oak, you’ll have one that has a medium char. Most whiskey aficionados find this to be the perfect level of charring because it delivers the perfect combination of flavor and color. Of course, you can always experiment with different levels of charring if you want to change things up from time to time. When ordering just send us a note that you would prefer a heavy or light char and we can specially order it for you.
Although a lot of individuals choose the barrel that they use based on cost, it is important to keep in mind that size also matters. While there are no set rules when it comes to how long you should age your whiskey, it is a good idea to keep in mind that smaller barrels will generally age faster than larger ones.
After finding the right barrel, you can start creating the perfect liquor.