Bottle Aging Stave™ - American White Oak
This Bottle Aging Stave™ is made of American White Oak that has been naturally weathered for 3 years. Only the highest quality wine barrels are made from this wood. It has undergone our proprietary 3 step heat treating process that is designed to let the stave take over where the barrel left off. Recommended aging time: 1-4 weeks, but the sweet spot is 2-3 weeks. It is reusable, but let it air dry for 1 month in-between uses. It is recommended that you let the flavors "marry" for a few weeks after you remove the Bottle Aging Stave. Use one stave per 750ml of liquid.
While American White Oak staves work OK as a finishing technique, ultimately you are adding more flavors that are essentially already there to a brown liquor. The real ticket with these staves is self charring them and aging clear, unaged, spirits like moonshine or batched cocktails. You can char any percent of the stave that you want to any char level that you want. You can even soak them in another spirit before you char it for very unique flavors. After charring, rinse and scrub underwater to prevent excessive smokiness in the flavor profile. For extended aging, let the stave air dry for 2 weeks every 3 months.
(note: all wood products may contain splinters, handle with care. Only a trained professional should char staves. Always consult your insurance company and fire department before starting any fire. Actual product may vary in size shape and appearance from what is pictured on the website. Price is for 1 stave.)