Once-used bourbon barrels are some of the most sought-after vessels for aging and flavoring spirits, wines, and beers. At Barrelsonline, we make our barrels using the staves from once-used bourbon barrels. This ensures that the rich flavors of the original bourbon are imparted into whatever spirit or wine is aged in the barrel. The unique characteristics of a once-used bourbon barrel also make it an ideal vessel for aging a variety of spirits, including tequila, rum, brandy, scotch, whiskey, vodka, and wine.
Aging spirits in once-used bourbon barrels impart a flavor profile to the spirit that would be difficult to replicate in any other way. The charred oak of the barrel, combined with the sweetness of the bourbon, adds a depth of flavor and complexity to the spirit that can't be achieved with any other aging method. The oak imparts tannins, which provide structure and body, while the bourbon contributes notes of caramel, vanilla, and smoke. Aging in once-used bourbon barrels also softens a spirit's harsher qualities, creating a smoother, more balanced flavor.
The flavor profile imparted by once-used bourbon barrels is especially desirable in tequila. They are often used to create a unique flavor profile in tequila, adding hints of smokiness, sweetness, and oakiness. Tequila aged in once-used bourbon barrels is often referred to as "reposado," which means "rested" in Spanish. The aging process in these barrels mellows and softens the spirit, resulting in a smoother, more complex flavor.
Rum also benefits from aging in once-used bourbon barrels. The charred oak of the barrel adds a layer of complexity to the rum, while the sweetness of the bourbon complements the spirit's tropical notes. Rum aged in once-used bourbon barrels is often referred to as "spiced" or "dark" rum, which refer to the smoky, caramel, and vanilla notes imparted by the barrel.
Once used bourbon barrels are also widely used to age brandy, scotch, whiskey, and vodka. These spirits benefit from the complexity and depth of flavor imparted by the charred oak, caramel, and vanilla notes of the bourbon.
In addition to spirits, wines are also aged in once-used bourbon barrels. The oak imparts tannins and structure to the wine, while the bourbon adds a layer of sweetness and complexity. Wine aged in once-used bourbon barrels is often referred to as "oaked" or "aged," which refer to the flavors imparted by the barrel.
Once used bourbon barrels are unique vessels that are used to impart a complex flavor profile to a variety of spirits, wines, and beers. At Barrelsonline, we make our barrels using the staves from once-used bourbon barrels, so you can be sure that your spirit or wine will be imbued with the unique flavor of the original bourbon.