Boisé Method

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Boisé Method

Postby Chixter » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:24 pm

Have any of you veterans tried flavoring your whiskies using the Boisé method? If you have, how did it compare to a normal aging such as in a barrel or with oak strips/chips? This has my curiosity piqued but if it has been tried and found not desirable, I won't go through the trouble of even experimenting.
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby shadylane » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:17 pm

What, pray tell is the "Boisé method" :eh:
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby sltm1 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:56 pm

Living in Idaho....I'd have to guess it has something to do with potatoes........LOL
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby NZChris » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:12 pm

I'm guessing it's making oak essence for flavoring, in which case, I kinda have.

What do you mean, Chixter?
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby Chixter » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:05 am

It is a method used by the French for some of their Brandies and Cognacs that some hobby distillers have adopted for whiskey making. I read about it on the parent site in the flavoring and aging subsection. Some further research revealed this method was quite popular with bootleggers during Prohibition who wanted to get their product to market quickly. Basically bringing your charred oak pieces to a boil in water, then simmering for about a half hour. Strain out the wood and continue to simmer to reduce and concentrate. Add the liquid to your white whiskey and give it a few days and it is "oaked". I can see some useful application for this at least part of a spirit run may be able to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. I haven't found any specifics such as quantities and ratios, etc. So I figured I'd ask if anyone has done this.
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby still_stirrin » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:58 am

Boiling wood in water is not the same as aging a spirit in oak. And aging in wood does more than adjust the flavor, it also provides oxidation. Go ahead a try the wood essence and see what you get. Convince yourself if there is a benefit to it.
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Re: Boisé Method

Postby Pikey » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:55 am

NZChris wrote:I'm guessing it's making oak essence for flavoring, in which case, I kinda have.

What do you mean, Chixter?


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