The English Garden

Hi there, my name is Hilary and I’m from London, England. I have loved English gardens since my childhood. I spent the school holidays at our family country house in Kent. The garden was huge with lawns, flowers, trees, fruit and vegetables. My siblings and I always had to help in the garden. The best…

Ice baths in a wooden bath tub

Ice baths in a wooden bath tub – benefits for body and spirit Ice baths in almost freezing water temperatures doesn‘t sound that inviting, but it is developing into a new mega trend. And for good reason – the positive physical and mental benefits are perfect for additional cardiovascular training. The physical benefits of regular…

The American White Oak

The American White Oak No wood species is as talked about when it comes to mouthfeel or “drinkability” as American Oak, produced as a barrel or wine barrel for winemakers and distillers. In the typical 190 liter bourbon barrel new, the Bourbon Small Batch or the Cooper’s Reserve Barrel, American Oak is the number one…

Cognac barrels

Cognac barrels One could say that the history of modern distillate barrels began with the cognac barrels in the 17th century! The distillers in the Charente, the area around the city of Cognac were looking for vessels to ship their distillates – the Cognac – overseas! At that time, it was natural to build these…

Moscatel barrels

Moscatel barrels Moscatel sherry is a special if very rare type of sherry, grown on poor sandy soils around the city of Jerez in Spain, this grape accounts for only 3% of total sherry production. Moscatel is the sweetest sherry grape and type, drunk and enjoyed as a dessert wine. With a sugar content of…