Charred American Oak Barrels are here! We were able to secure a small supply of new, unused 5 gallon American Oak barrels. These are made with pure American oak and Charred (level 3) on the inside. These are perfect for making whiskeys as the charred wood give it that rich color and flavor.
About Charred Barrels
Charred barrels are burned to a crisp, and resemble the remains of a campfire after it has been extinguished. The interior of charred barrels are black and have much more ash residue, resulting in a much darker color for the whiskey. As far as flavor goes, charred wood imparts sweeter flavors like caramel and honey. The reason for this is that the wood sugars are caramelized when heavily burned, and thus they leach into the whiskey.
These barrels come with a solid red rubber stopper, and the bung hole is sized for a #5.5 stopper. Also, please note that the bung hole can accommodate a regular auto siphon, but is too small for a large (1/2 in.) auto siphon.