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How Fire-Charred Whiskey Barrels are Made

It all starts with the wood. Adirondack Barrel Cooperage receives American oak wood from Missouri, and ages it two to five years. Joe explains that Missouri wood imparts some of the best flavors in the U.S. into spirits, because of the area’s heavy rain and snow, which washes out tannins. This type of wood is mostly impervious, therefore good at sealing out water.

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