Joined: 02 Nov 2006 Posts: 2169 Location: USA - Formerly Scotland
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:54 am Post subject:
Do you have a small barrel you will be using or are you actually planning on steeping some wood in the spirit? You may want to be careful if using virgin oak as it could be intense and too much for your new make spirit in a small scale set up, I would say use virgin oak in moderation. I have heard of chestnut wood being used but I would say stay away from pine wood unless you want it to taste like a cleaning detergent.
I'm using small pieces of wood to steep in sample bottles. I remember Ralfy using a few types and I know a distillery that uses apple and peach hard wood. In fact the bourbon spirit contains peach wood smoked barley. I'll steer clear of pine and be careful with the fresh oak..
I wondered about field maple, birch, hazel, ash with being native?
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