American white oak

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The American white oak (botanical name Quercus Alba) occurs in especially fine-pored quality in the Ozarks in the states of Missouri and Kentucky. The wood distinguishes itself from European oaks through a lower tannin content but a very high vanilla content in the wood.

For these reasons, the wood is popular for use in the field of red wines, since it is partly responsible for the lovely complex of flavours characterised by toast and vanilla aromas.

White oak from Kentucky is used in making bourbon barrels, which, unlike wine barrels, are not toasted but instead charred at high heat under a gas flame.

And here to the flavouring aromas of the American white oak precipitate after the maturing process in the bourbon in the small wooden barrels.

You can find a great selection of barrels made of American oak in our wooden barrels prof shop: