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Old 13-10-2005, 09:12 PM
Philippe JAOUEN
 
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Default Are brandy barrels charred?

Droopy a écrit :
Strange, if they re-char I wonder why they do not get the same color
contribution that a burbon maker gets from teh same barrel. Bourbon by
law cannot have any flavoring or coloring added.

How much color does the wood itself impart. I have never aged a white
wine in oak, but I have drank them....they are not particularily brown.

I use renewed barrels for Calvados aging : they are dismantled, planed,
reassembled and lightly charred.

The aim is little wood taste (it is not cognac!)
After 4 years the color is light

most of makers add caramel (and forget to mention it on the label)

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