Rich and balanced. Medium and heavy toast American oak lends a rich flavor profile of sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel, and a light roasted smokiness. Medium and heavy toast French oak adds a subtle spicy, chocolate character and a bold yet balanced tannin structure. This package is designed for use in a six gallon batch and the whole pack must be used to achieve the intended results.
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I used these in a 5 gal batch of merlot from concentrate. Boiled 5-10 min. to sanitize, put them in a sanitized strainer with a small sanitized jelly jar and let them sit for a week. Tasted before and after. The difference was astonishing! Then I rinsed and boiled and got them ready for one of my other "country" wines. Let them sit in for a week. It truly is amazing what a little oak can do. Now if the wine will only last through the year so I can see what some bottle aging can do!
The oak flavor certainly comes through._x000D_Subtle vanilla flavor._x000D_Just be aware of how strong an oak flavor you want, and don't just leave the cubes in for 6 months._x000D_