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French Oak Cask’

– French Oak Casks
[ Commonly used for the maturation of Wine, Scotch Whisky, and Brandy ]
– ‘French Oak’;
A Barrel or Cask made from French Oak. In France, both the Quercus Robur (Common Oak) and the Quercus Patraea (White Oak) are favorable in the production of Wine, and Fortified Wines like Sherry and Port. French White Oak is considered far superior to Common Oak for it’s finer grain and richer aromatic components like Vanillin, which is the primary component of the extract of the Vanilla Bean. French Oak are typically between 80 and 120 years old prior to harvesting, favoring a cool climate in a dense forest region giving the trees the opportunity to mature slowly and develop a tighter grain. French Oak is much more expensive than American Oak as the Oak must be split, only 20-25% of the tree may be used. French Oak typically comes from one of the following forests: Allier, Limousin, Nevers, Tronçais, and Vosges. The wood from each of these different forests has slightly different characteristics, in which both Coopers and Wine Makers can use to their advantage. French Oak Casks, while traditionally used for the production of Wine, are starting to play a vital role in the production of both Whisky, Cognac, Gin, and more recently Craft Beer.