HEMI-CELLULOSE and Cellulose:
Remember those words from school? What a nightmare. Now it has to do with your alcohol so let’s break it down.
Hemi-Cellulose and Cellulose: are sugar compounds found all over the place, but we are talking about oak used in barrels.
Hemi-Cellulose and Cellulose love fire, changing their makeup as they are heated and letting loose from the sugars contained within the wood.
We move on to the interaction between your bourbon and the wooden cask.
Alcohol, the essence of your spirit, is a solvent, as you probably know from floor cleaners and other cleaning agents,
The sugar, with time, will get dissolved within the alcohol. This may be a good thing; however, as the alcohol dissolves the sugar, it progressively works towards the outer parts of the barrel to oak that’s not been charred. This is not a good thing, for it is now giving your bourbon an “oaky taste.”
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