Char Options

Charring an oak barrel is a complex reaction that happens very quickly.
Char also absorbs "cereal-like" flavors from the spirit created during fermentation
and distillation. Choosing the best char level for your spirit depends on the desired
final spirit and length of maturation.

THE CLASSIC WHISKEY BARREL

Traditional Char Levels #1 - #4
Lighter char levels tend to show more fruit esters and spice notes.

Darker char levels will extract more vanilla flavors and color into the spirit.

THE COOPER'S SELECT BARREL
Traditional Char Levels #1 - #4
Lighter char levels tend to show more fruit esters and spice notes.
Darker char levels will extract more vanilla flavors and color into the spirit.

Pre-Char Toast
This option moderately toasts the barrel before it is charred, deepening
the red layer, thereby increasing the flavor extractives of each barrel and
enhancing the complexity of barrel aged spirits.

The Craft Distiller's #5 Char
This is a very dark char, designed to provide more extractives for the spirit
while providing a unique flavor profile.

THE COOPER'S RESERVE BARREL
Heavy Toast–Light Char Finish
This barrel is slow toasted over an oak fire for 30 minutes before catching on fire to create a light char level on the surface. This toast requires longer aging to maximize flavor production and complexity.
A variety of char and toast options are available. Please contact your account manager.