• The Best Types of Wood for Whiskey, Explained

    11 days ago - By Vine Pair

    What's on your mind when you sip your favorite Scotch , bourbon , or whiskey? Politics, maybe? Philosophy? A funny Tweet you read on your phone just now?
    Few of us spend cocktail hour contemplating wood, but it's impossible to overstate its importance in the production and taste of brown spirits. Dan Szor, CEO and founder of Cotswalds Distillers, estimates wood is responsible for 60 to 75 percent of the taste of a finished whiskey.
    “Wood is known for its ability to ‘take out the bad' through evaporation,” Szor says, “and ‘put in the good' through extraction of tannins and wood sugars.”
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