A barrel refers to a hollow cylindrically shaped container that is made of wooden board for storing drinks. The casks are made of different shapes, size and design depending on the type of liquid in them. Barrel making is a broad industry with people who specialize in making the barrels, such individuals are referred to as coopers. There are different types of barrels, these include cooperage, pipe, pins, butter churns, buckets, firkins, tierces, puncheons, breakers, among others. Barrels are used for storing different types of liquids including storing liquids such as sake, water , and beverages such as beer, wine, port, whiskey, as well as sherry. The main roles of barrels is to store water and oils and assist in the maturing of beverages.
There is a huge difference in taste between whisky that has been store in a barrel and that that is served immediately after processing, the one in a barrel is tastier since the barrels assist in ageing the drink hence improving its taste. The casks work by adding oxygen into the liquid and some of the air is released through an outlet pipe. Besides, wooden barrels are preferred to other types of barrels in making of whisky since some compounds in the barrel are added in the whisky, however the availability of the compounds are subject to factors such as the magnitudes and number of times the barrels have been toasted, the ways in which the stave are cut as well as the place of origin of the barrels. Most countries require whiskey manufactures to process age the drinks in wooden barrels. Besides, the whisky need to be stored for at least two years in new, wooden containers. Another requirement for whisky manufacturer is that the whisky labeled Scotch need to be distilled and matured for at least three years.
The following are the types of casks used to for storing and maturing Scotch whisky label, these include hogshead, barrel butt, puncheon, barrique, quarter cask, port pipe, Madeira drum, among others. Maturing is not only essential in whisky but also for brandy, however, just like in whisky maturing, for a better taste wooden barrels are also used in brandy due to their ability to transfer certain aromas to the spirit. Apart from brandy and whisky, alcoholic drink manufacturers can use wooden casks to age the following drinks, balsamic vinegar, tequila, beers, as well as soft drinks.
The following are the essential factors to consider in the whisky aging process. Manufactures need to ensure that the temperature of the barrels are held constant rear round, this assist in making the whisky have a sweater and constant taste.
Furthermore, whisky making companies need to watch the level of whisky with new barrels since the new barrels often absorb more wine in the beginning of the process than the older ones. In addition the barrels need timely raking , at least after every three months.