Delivery time approx. 8 working days
- Order number: 1501
Freshly emptied cognac barrels of about 300 l - 320 l in the style of Courvoisier.
Ideal barrel for aging many beers and distillates such as Korn, Whisky, Brandy but also fruit Brandies such as cherry, pear and many more.
Nose: Powerful, round and fruity, hints of vanilla, cocoa, candied fruit and prune.
Barrel is covered with cognac for about 20 years, the barrel is checked, revised if necessary and equipped with new barrel hoops.
The bung is made of oak.
Height: 101 cm
Ø Belly: 79 cm
Ø Head: 63 cm
Cognac barrels or the "mother of all spirit barrels".
One could say that the history of modern distillate barrels began with the cognac barrels in the 17th century! The distillers in the Charente, the area around the city of Cognac were looking for vessels to ship their distillates - the Cognac - overseas!
At that time, it was natural to build these vessels in the form of a wooden barrel and from the wood of the region - the Limousin and the Tronҫais forest area. Especially with the wood from the Limousin - a region in southwestern France very fertile by the soils and thus location of large, mighty but also fast growing oaks one connects today the origin of the small maturity barrels. Wooden barrels made of Limousin oak, became synonymous for a while when talking about small barrique barrels made of French oak.
For the aging of Cognac, even today, barrels of 300 to 350 liters are mostly used. This content ensures a balance between the internal surface and the maturation process due to the penetration of air from the outside. Approximately 1.5% shrinkage results from this maturation in the cognac barrels per year. The older the barrels become, the more saturated the wood is with brandy, the cognac!
After emptying and a general overhaul, these premium cognac barrels are then actually even more valuable for further use as flavor carriers, e.g. in the maturation of fine craft beers, the finishing of whiskey or gin and all kinds of distillates that are to be refined with the maturation in cognac barrels. Alcohol preserves - even wood, to the extent that wooden barrels, which have matured for sometimes decades of great cognac qualities, have an almost endless life with good care. As is so often the case with these valuable Cognac wooden barrels, exceptional qualities have their price, are rare and by no means to be confused with barrels in which Brandy was stored in Spain - these are often made of American oak.
Used wooden barrels: Notches in the wood or, in certain circumstances, an uneven base, do not constitute a quality defect, but stem from the idiosyncrasies of the production method and the prior use of the barrels. The usage of the barrel will not be affected by those! The barrels are very carefully checked by us at the exit control against sensor and technical errors. We assume no liability for cracks or splits that occur during maturation. A possible and a reasonable repair is not under guarantee.
Pictures are examples, colour variations are possible