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I’m getting a barrel

Postby Doubleuj » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:30 pm

So I’ve bit the bullet and placed an order for a 20L barrel from rotb. Swmbo reckons I go French oak but I don’t know. I’ve been using offcuts from them for a couple of years and never thought to ask if it’s french or American, or a mix.
So, my question is, would a French or American oak barrel be best for whiskey?
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby bluc » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:53 pm

Hard to say very much personell preference. Personally I like a mixture of the two. Time in american oak barrels then time with french dominoes in glass. French I like especially for rum. Brings out the dark fruit flavours 8-}
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby tipsy » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:17 pm

Doubleuj wrote:So I’ve bit the bullet and placed an order for a 20L barrel from rotb.


So did I :happy-partydance:

I'm going American cos I don't know any different.
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby EziTasting » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:20 pm

From memory (yes it has been affected by drinking!) French oak tends to colour more and has more of a sweeter fruitier note than American. I find American more ‘saviory’ ... if that makes any sense!?!
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby Plumby » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:34 pm

EziTasting wrote:From memory (yes it has been affected by drinking!) French oak tends to colour more and has more of a sweeter fruitier note than American. I find American more ‘saviory’ ... if that makes any sense!?!

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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby The Stig » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:40 pm

Ive been using a mixture of both, I find it gives me the sweet notes I like in my bourbon.
Ask if you can have a half and half barrel :teasing-neener:
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby Minpac » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:43 pm

I'd probably go american for bourbon or rye whiskey, french for single malt barley whiskey or rum.
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby bluc » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:03 pm

The Stig wrote:Ive been using a mixture of both, I find it gives me the sweet notes I like in my bourbon.
Ask if you can have a half and half barrel :teasing-neener:

Bloke I bought my 10l off said he could put french oak in the ends. I dare say rotb would do the same on request 8-}
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby hillzabilly » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:20 pm

The only solution is ta go with SWMBO,and accidently order one of each,easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission .cheers hillzabilly ;-)
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:44 pm

hillzabilly wrote:The only solution is ta go with SWMBO,and accidently order one of each,easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission .cheers hillzabilly ;-)


:laughing-rolling: now that’s an idea :laughing-rolling:
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Re: I’m getting a barrel

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:49 pm

Cheers guys, Ezi I also recall reading that French colours quicker too.
Minpac, I’m definitely more of a scotch drinker than American bourbon so perhaps French is more to my taste but hilza definitely has the right idea to accidentally order a barrel of both and try the two side by side.
Sorry swmbo(s) (she who must be obeyed sometimes) :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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