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Maine Food Insider: New England's lone liquor barrel maker adds flavor to whiskey and beer

The unique taste in bourbon, Scotch, rum and other hard liquors is in the barrel, the tannins and sugars that caramelize as the white oak staves are aged, heated and charred and then formed into the familiar wooden barrel with metal rings.
“The alcohol put into the barrel by distillers acts as a solvent to leach the sugary oakiness and tannins to give it flavor,” Ed Lutjens, owner of Portland Barrel, told Mainebiz from his shop near Bug ...

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