Using oak barrels has been an age-old tradition in the world of wine and spirits. These wooden barrels have created an opportunity for experimentation across beverages. The modern-day winemakers have started aging their wines in used bourbon barrels to obtain unique flavor characteristics. Early producers appreciated the advantages of an oak bourbon barrel for years before they acquired the technical knowledge that was required to understand the benefits of an oak bourbon barrel beyond the anecdotal theory.
In winemaking, barrels add distinct flavors to the wine and soften tannins by enabling tiny amounts of oxygen to enter. Traditional oak wine barrels were often toasted, due to this process the barrels are able to impart flavors of baking spices and vanilla to wine as it ages. They are toasted at different temperatures and winemakers select old bourbon barrels at different toast levels to suit the wine style they desire: fragrant and green, sweet and supple or strong and spicy. Used bourbon barrels for brewing, on the other hand, are completely blackened from intense heat; these barrels have a layer of char that imparts smoky and caramelized flavors into the bourbon. This layer also acts as a carbon filter to soften the spirit’s natural harshness. When wines are aged in used bourbon casks, those same flavors – charred vanilla, dried herbs, caramel, honey and toasted spice – appear in the wine. Apart from the newly charred barrels winemakers can also utilize barrels once used to age bourbon. Barrel-aged beer has become a signature feature of craft breweries across the country today, and local brewers have discovered the beauty of barrels as well. Our oak barrels are perfect for craft beer or bourbon distillers. Aged barrels add to the frothy richness and the divine taste of craft beers. You can easily buy used bourbon barrels online, ones that can hold liquids up to 53 gallons and are made of new white oak. Each of these used bourbon barrels for sale is charred or toasted on the inside. There are multiple levels of charring and the level varies based on the distillery. A charred barrel is what imparts the bourbon with its charred and smoky taste. It also provides sweetness with toffee and vanilla notes because the sugars in the wood caramelize during the charring process. Charring was used to get rid of various nasty residues in old bourbon barrels for sale, and whilst doing that it was discovered that something magical happens between new make bourbon and a charred oak barrel. When you purchase our empty bourbon barrels for sale, you can attain all of these complex flavors and make your own bourbon, wine or beer. Apart from that, you can also experiment by using it for winemaking. Investing in our used barrels is a win-win deal!
Bourbon has become a very popular drink across the United States and that love is even spreading beyond. Our selection of used bourbon barrels for sale allows you to see the intricacies that separate each of the different barrels and their origin. Since each bourbon is unique its flavor and aromas, that same distinction carries over to the used bourbon barrels for sale that Rocky Mountain Barrel Company offers. All of our used bourbon barrels for sale can be used for large or small products and we have outstanding relationships with suppliers that we can scale to any project that requires used bourbon barrels for sale. Request a quote today and let us create a partnership with you.