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Food, Beverage & Hospitality
Published: 13 Nov 2014

Ageing Whisky at Home

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Whiskey Elements Sticks

A new device created by Portland-based start-up Time & Oak allows consumers to 'age' whisky in just a day.

Whiskey Elements, which raised nearly $200,000 on crowdfunding website Kickstarter last month, is a range of small, oak sticks featuring comb-like slits. The flavoured sticks – or elements – are available in oak, vanilla, maple, smoke and peat varieties. Placing one inside a bottle of whisky infuses the liquor and speeds up the permeation of rich, complex flavours, replicating the taste of whisky that has been barrel-aged for three years in just 24 hours.

As previously reported on Stylus, brands are developing new methods for accelerating the ageing process of alcohol. Ohio brewery Cleveland Whiskey has developed a pressure-cooking method that ages bourbon in less than a week, while US chemist Orville Tyler's method pumps whisky through an oxygenated chamber, where it is subjected to high-intensity ultrasonic energy, allowing it to be aged in around 12 hours. For more, see Drinks Developments: Alcohol.

For more innovative alcohol-ageing techniques, see Cask-Aged Liquor and Ancient Beer Revival.

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