Whiskey is a beverage that is made using the process of fermentation of the mash of a grain. Several raw materials which include the wheat, barley and corns are used in the fermentation process with the aim of producing whiskey. Most of the whiskey are prepared between one hundred and ten and one hundred and forty proofs. The percentages are vital because all pure ethyl alcohol have the same taste regardless of where it comes from. You will know the flavor of an alcoholic drink by considering the trace amounts that are responsible for the flavors.
Multiple distillations used by several companies in their production is aimed at improving the taste of the alcoholic drinks while others use the fruit flavors to enhance the taste. Most companies use the oak barrel to age their whiskey as it is the best method that can be used to achieve great tastes. Many companies that produce whiskey from fruits and grains find it good to use the oak barrel to improve the taste of their whiskey. Charring the inner part of the oak barrel is known to bring a pleasantly flavored whiskey.
The oak barrel is common in most of the companies that create alcohol to produce the whiskey. Unaged whiskey is clear and have good flavors even before aging in the oak barrel. The only whiskey that can be labeled as whiskey is the corn whiskey which is unaged product. The colors of most of the whiskey and their flavors are attributed by the oak barrel. The the maturity of whiskey inside an oak barrel is reached after a period of five to six years. The liquor takes the flavors and sugars from the wood to improve its quality. It is important to note that the aging process should be done correctly taking the required years or else your whiskey will lose its taste and flavor. Most of the whiskey beverages retains their tastes for many years if they are packed in sealed bottles.
It is important to note that while some companies are using the oak barrels only once in the production of whiskey, some of them do recycle the barrels and uses them until they cannot offer more flavors or taste to the whiskey. The used bourbon barrels, sherry casks or the oak barrels that have been used are sold to some of the companies in the aim of whiskey production. During the first aging process, the whiskey takes most of the sugars and flavors from the wood hence the whiskey that will be aged using the same barrel, will take more years to mature and achieve perfect flavors and colors.