// innovation + expertise //

The cornerstone
of our success

We are oak experts dedicated to learning all there is to know about the relationship between oak and spirits. Our global R&D teams conduct experiments to unlock the flavors waiting in the oak and partner with distillers to create new cooperage products that push the industry forward.

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Whiskey Library & Tasting Kits

Our experimental whiskey library demonstrates how the controllable organoleptic factors of the barrel (oak species, grain, seasoning, heat treatment, etc) can influence a distillate.

Using the library, we developed tasting kits designed to assist customers in fine-tuning their barrel choices.

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// customer driven //

Product & Process Innovation

We focus on both product and process innovation to create unique barrel solutions.

Our research and development team works closely with our in-house engineering division to design and build proprietary, computer-controlled equipment that is utilized in our production processes.

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Chemical & Sensory Evaluation

We conduct chemical and sensory evaluation on current and potential new products. Using UV-Vis, GC-MS, and HPLC equipment, we analyze product attributes, quality, and consistency with immediate results.

In addition, sensory panels are conducted over the life each experiment to give our researchers additional qualitative and quantitative data.


Global Research Centers

We operate a state-of-the art research center in Lebanon, Kentucky, a certified in-house laboratory in Napa, California, and an international research facility in Bordeaux, France.

Learn from our Experts

Do you have a question or would like to learn more?
Email our Director of Spirit Research and Innovation, Andrew Wiehebrink.

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