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.

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.
        
    Char #1                Char #2              Char #3               Char #4

THE CRAFT DISTILLER'S 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
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.