Most of the alcohol producing companies produces whiskey by using the fermentation procedures that gives out a pure drink. Mostly, corn is commonly used as the primary grain and is combined with barley or wheat to achieve a perfect drink at the end. The proofs that are needed for a perfect drink ranges from one hundred and ten to one hundred and forty. Most of the ethyl alcohol taste the same making it a requirement to check the percentages for easy identification. The trace amounts are responsible for the different taste that comes with several alcoholic drinks.
Many distillers have looked for perfect ways to improve the taste of their beverages where some of them have attempted to distill the drink on multiple times and then adding flavors using the berries or spices. Most companies use the oak barrel to age their whiskey as it is the best method that can be used to achieve great tastes. Many companies that produce whiskey from fruits and grains find it good to use the oak barrel to improve the taste of their whiskey. Some companies improve the flavors of the whiskey by charring the inner parts of the oak barrel.
Many production companies that create alcohol use an oak barrel in production of most of the whiskey. It is important to note that some of the unaged whiskey do have perfect taste before aging, but it is a requirement to go through the aging process mostly using the oak barrel. All other whiskey need to pass through the aging process with the exemption of the corn whiskey which is labeled as whiskey before aging. The the oak barrel is useful as it gives most of the color and flavor to the whiskey. The the maturity of whiskey inside an oak barrel is reached after a period of five to six years. During this time, the alcohol absorbs and dissolves flavors and sugars from the wood. When you are aging the whiskey at home, make sure that you have not extended the required years as it will have flavors that taste woody. The aging process stops when the whiskey is packed in the sealed bottles, but they retain this favors for many years until they are opened for usage.
It is important to note that while some companies are using the oak barrels only once in the production of whiskey, some of them do recycle the barrels and uses them until they cannot offer more flavors or taste to the whiskey. The used bourbon barrels, sherry casks or the oak barrels that have been used are sold to some of the companies in the aim of whiskey production. It is important to note that the whiskey that is aged using the used oak barrel takes a longer period to mature, mostly over twenty-five years.