Why Bourbon Barrels Are Used In Scotland

By Mark Coburn I love this description on the use of American Bourbon barrels in Scotland. “It is over 80 years since the end of Prohibition in the USA in 1933. Since that time the use of American ex-Bourbon casks has changed the taste of Scotch whisky. Casks have been used since time immemorial for storage and movement of goods. Coopering is an ancient skill depicted in paintings on ancient Egyptian tombs, mentioned by Greek writers, referred to in the Bible several times (1 Kings 18:33 “Fill four barrels with water.”) The Roman, Strabo, writing in AD 21 actually praises the Celts as being ‘particularly fine coopers’. Cooper is said to derive from Cupa, the Latin for a vessel. There were three grades of coopering skill – dry, dry-tight and wet – depending on the suitability of a cask for its purpose. Wet coopers were the most skilled, being able to make casks of such precision that they could hold liquids without leaking. The whisky world alone needs around 3 million ‘wet coopered’ oak casks a year for whisky – and the UK could never satisfy that level of rapacious demand having cut down most of its oak trees by the early nineteenth century in building Royal Navy warships to fight the French. Renowned for their short arms and deep pockets, Scottish distillers grew to rely on second-hand casks. From the seventeenth century onwards various alliances, treaties and wars, meant the fortified wines (suitable for long distance travel) of Sherry, Port and Madeira were particularly popular in Britain. Shipped from Iberia in oak casks, the wines were bottled at the port of entry (Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Bristol, Liverpool) and the redundant vessels re-used by grateful distillers. It didn’t take long for distillers to realize that the original cask contents – the dark, sweet, fortified wines – could beneficially mellow maturing whisky.  Badly distilled whisky could be disguised, young whisky made to seem older. These prized casks were hand-coopered from European oak, Quercus robar, found across the mid latitudes of Europe. And the French used it too, for wine, but also for warships. It took 3,400 oak trees to build one 74 gun ship-of-the- line. The strain on 17th century French forests was considerable.  In 1669 Louis XIV’s finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, did what the British should have done; he expanded and reorganized France’s woodland, planting only the best and strongest oak suitable for building a navy to fight the British. This legacy was built on by Napoleon, who banned all tree felling (without authority) in 1803, and three years later decreed that only trees more than 150 years old could be felled, and replaced with a new oak. Thanks to this far-sighted forest management policy (and steel-plated warships and entente cordiale) France’s forests now produce the world’s finest oak destined for more culturally acceptable uses than warships – the planet’s greatest winemakers. In 1920, George Saintsbury, the celebrated writer and gastronome wrote: “I have noticed, in the forty-five years since I began to study whisky, that the general style of most if not all kinds has changed… The older whiskies were darker in colour, from being kept in golden Sherry or Madeira casks, rather sweeter in taste, and rather heavier in texture; the newer are lighter in both the first and the last aspect, and much drier in taste.” This observation heralded the changeover from European to American oak with the introduction of Bourbon barrels – with their tyloses. The Bourbon barrel is made from Quercus alba or white oak, commonly known as American oak. It is accepted practice to use trees that are over 90 years old.  The cellular structure contains bubble-like cell structures – the tyloses – that bulge into the cavities of the xylem, the tube of moisture-conducting cells, blocking water movement. These tyloses make the wood particularly watertight, even with thinner staves, and perfect for mechanized barrel-making. The dominance of hand coopered European oak casks lasted until the beginning of the twentieth century before the United States took over with machine-produced casks on a scale never before seen. Bourbon distillers deliberately sought very dark colours, high levels of vanilla and caramel flavours that maize-distilled spirit draws out from heavily charred, newly felled, white oak barrels. After prohibition, in 1935, this long established, exclusively new oak custom was made federal law: thanks to the powerful Coopers Union the law now says that bourbon casks can be used once only.  Being cheap and readily available they were eagerly snapped up by voracious Scottish distillers. The rapid escalation of the use of Bourbon barrels coincided with the weakening in popularity of Sherry, Port and Madeira.  The use of Sherry butts fell further with the outlawing of bulk shipments from Spain to the UK in 1981. Today, around 97% of all Scotch whisky is maturing in American oak. As ex-bourbon cask prices rise owing to the increasing demands of the Scotch whisky industry, the price differential between second-hand and virgin American oak barrels has fallen. This may mean that in future distillers could be obliged to use new oak casks, increasing the potential for the ‘Bourbonisation’ of Scotch whisky.  We must remain vigilant in the face of that, and also reject the alternatives of using old tired wood, or allowing oak chips, or essence, both of which are happily currently illegal. Or could premium quality French oak be back on the menu again as it was in the nineteenth century? As far as whisky is concerned, if the nineteenth century was Europe’s era for oak, then like world history, the twentieth century has belonged to America. American oak, with its simpler, vanilla and caramel influences, has been a benign force for good. The history and politics of Bourbon has been mutually beneficial for both Bourbon and Scotch distillers.  A very positive relationship between two of the world’s greatest spirit styles.” Source: www.bruichladdich.com

SUMMER: Dinner on the Lawn tickets now available

Go to Dinner-on-the-Lawn to reserve your seats. Imagine sitting at a long table with old fashioned lights hanging overhead. Hold that thought. Now imagine spending the evening chatting and laughing over dinner with the people around you. Bring that idea along at 5pm on the 11th of February and you will have a great time. We promise the food will be fun and abundant. Plus there will be great live music to dance to. There is only 40 seats at the long table. You will need to be quick as seats are in hot demand. There will be a photographer taking photos and some video. So please dress smart and there will be a prize for the lady or the gentleman wearing the best frock or shirt on the evening. NOTE: It’s BYO and this dinner is for adults only. Go to Dinner-on-the-Lawn to reserve your seats.  

Coburns Distillery Website Terms of Use

COBURNS DISTILLERY WEBSITE TERMS OF USE ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

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Summer: Picnic on the Grass

They arrived from around the Southern Highlands, Sydney and from as far away as Brisbane. Everyone came to check out the site for the new Coburns Distillery. 150 people arrived in the early afternoon to enjoy the cool sounds of Ben & Wendy, a fantastic duo from Sydney belt out the classics. We all got down to the business of eating a crackled pig and a small mountain of Mauger’s best lamb sausages as the afternoon wore on. The weather was the perfect Southern Highlands summers day, give or take a couple of flies. But thats summer for you. Mark Coburn had his first chance to met a lot of Burrawang locals and to listen to their feedback on the idea of building a Single Malt Whisky distillery in their village. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. At the end of the afternoon it was clear to all that everyone had a good time.

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The time to start is now.

The time has come to stop talking and start filling barrels…

We have been in talks with a couple of Australian whisky distilleries to start producing spirit for Coburns to start filling barrels. We have managed to negotiate production time with two distilleries. The distilleries will brew and ferment to the Coburns’ formula. This arrangement will see our first single malt spirit produced within a couple of months.

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Aged in the Southern Highlands

Once production commences the new make spirit will be moved to a bonded cellar in the Southern Highlands. There it will sit, ageing for the next 4-7 years. These arrangements give Coburns the ability to produce 20 barrels by the middle of 2017, therefore giving us our first single malt whisky within two years. Used sherry Barrels

First we need to find some nice wood

Cooperages around Australia are getting back to us with what barrels they have available. The coopers are telling us that they have waiting lists for good wood at the moment. We are so pleased to be able to start laying down the first of our barrels well before our own distillery has finished construction at our new Burrawang site.  This is another big step in the journey of building a distillery.    

Terms & Conditions: Foundation Member

  1. THE BARREL NOTE OFFER & FOUNDING MEMBERSHIP
Coburn & Co Pty Ltd (“Coburns”) is offering the once only opportunity to become an investor in a barrel of single malt whisky via this Barrel Note* offer (Offer). A limited number of Barrel Notes are on offer. The investment in a Barrel Note entitles the investor to become a Foundation Member of Coburns Distillery. Coburns Distillery will produce a 200 litres of Single Malt Whisky (the Whisky) exclusively for the ‘Foundation Member’ (Member) of the Coburns Distillery to hold as security on their Barrel Note investment. The Whisky will be stored and matured in individually numbered oak barrels at the Coburns Distillery. The Barrel Note Offer is made subject to the Terms and Conditions set out here:
  1. FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
  • You as the Barrel Note Holder and twelve of your friends will be invited to the distillery to watch the new make spirit being decanted into the barrel. When the barrel is filled you will drive the wooden plug to seal the spirit in the barrel.
  • Once you have watched the barrel being filled you will record the barrel’s details in the distillery ledger.
  • You and your 12 friends will be treated to a grand three course dinner at the distillery.
  • At the end of the day you will take away a sample bottle of the new make spirit that you have just barreled. Each year on the anniversary of the barrel filling you will receive a sample bottle of the spirit taken from the numbered barrel you filled.
  • At the end of the investment term the distillery will bottle and private label with your name and barrel number twelve (12) 700ml bottles of whisky from the barrel you filled. This is for you to keep as a gift from Coburns (Excise paid by Coburns in accordance with clause 12.).
  1. MATURATION
The barrels will be held and matured in the Coburns Distillery Bonded Warehouse only. The barrels are on loan to Coburns and are not part of the security on offer. The Barrel Note Holder holds the whisky as security, but does not have security over the oak barrels the whisky is matured in. The type of oak barrel used will be at the discretion of Coburns. To be legally termed a Coburns Whisky, the distilled spirit must be matured in an oak barrel for a minimum of two years at the Coburns Distillery. At that time the spirit in this Offer as outlined in clause 1 (the Whisky) can at the discretion of Coburns be known as a Coburns Whisky. Maturity of the whisky held in the barrel is determined solely by an authorised Coburns staff member to conform to Coburns’ quality standards. Only Whisky that meets Coburns’ quality standards as determined by an authorised Coburns staff member will be classified and labeled as a Coburns Whisky.
  1. BUY BACK
Between the second (2nd) & seventh (7th) year anniversary from investment date Coburns will offer to buy the Barrel Note back from the Barrel Note Holder when Coburns Distillery believes the whisky is matured and ready for sale (clause 3.). The Barrel Note Holder can either choose to sell the Barrel Note back to Coburns and take the proceeds (clause 6.), or the Barrel Note Holder may choose to reinvest the proceeds in a new Barrel Note Offer at that time (clause 8.).
  1. THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST & APPLICATION
The purchase price of a Barrel Note is AUD$10,000. The Barrel Note Holder places an Expression Of Interest for Barrel Note Offer by completing and returning the Expression Of Interest Form. After which the applicant will be contacted by email and phone to confirm details and inform you of your position in regard to having your Foundation Membership accepted. (see clause 20. Acceptance) All Foundation Membership positions will be filled on a first-in-first-served basis. Declined Expression Of Interest applicants will have their name placed on the waiting list should a vacancy arise.
  1. GUARANTEED BUY BACK
Between the second & seventh year anniversary from purchase date Coburns will buy the Barrel Note back from the Barrel Note Holder. To fulfill the guaranteed buy-back agreement, the Barrel Note Holder must agree to return the Barrel Note to Coburns in accordance with the provisions of these Terms and Conditions. 6.1. The Barrel Note Holder waives the right to retain the Barrel Note at the end of the investment period. 6.2. Coburns will buy-back the Barrel Note from the Barrel Note Holder at a fixed price of $10,000. 6.3. At any time Coburns may contract to on-sell the Whisky provided that the ownership of the Whisky is not transferred from Coburns to the contracted purchaser prior to completion of the Barrel Note buy-back.
  1. FIXED INTEREST RETURN
Coburns will pay to the investor a fixed interest return of 8%p.a. Interest will be paid quarterly from the Barrel Note purchase date to the date the offer to buy-back the Barrel Note is made to Barrel Note Holder by Coburns.
  1. REINVESTMENT
Reinvestment at the end of the term will be dependent on Barrel Note investment offers Coburns has on offer at that time, and remain solely at the discretion of Coburns.
  1. NOT TRANSFERABLE
The Barrel Note Holder acknowledges that no item contained in or forming part of the Barrel Note Offer is transferable or available for resale and the holder agrees not to on-sell any item in or part of the Barrel Note.
  1. ANGEL’S SHARE
The Barrel Note Holder acknowledges that during the Maturation period the volume of the Whisky held in the barrel will decrease due to evaporation of alcoholic vapour (the “Angel’s Share”). The Barrel Note Holder further acknowledges and agrees that they will have no claim against Coburns for any decrease in quantity due to the effect of the Angel’s Share and how that may affect their security.
  1. INSURANCE
Insurance of the Whisky, as determined necessary by Coburns, is included in the Barrel Note Offer.
  1. EXCISE & GST
Before the Whisky can be removed from Coburns Distillery, all GST and excise charges must be paid in full in accordance with Australian taxation law.
  1. RISK
The Barrel Note Holder agrees that should the Barrel Note Holder take legal possession of the Whisky the risk liability becomes the Barrel Note Holder’s for the remaining period of storage at Coburns.
  1. THE BARREL
The barrel is paramount to the maturation and protection of the Whisky. Each Barrel Note Holder will be advised of their unique barrel number identifying the barrel (s) containing the Whisky that their Barrel Note is assigned security over. Barrel Note Holders will be issued registration certificates for their security as soon as their barrel has been filled.
  1. REGISTERED OWNER
The Registered owner of the Barrel Note may request to inspect the barrel named as security. Coburns requires a minimum of 48 hours notice, and inspection time will be at the discretion of Coburns. The Barrel Note Holder must be aware that a period of time between purchase date and barrel filling date will occur. Influences outside of Coburns control may affect the length of time between the Barrel Note purchase date and the date the barrel is produced. The barrel filling date will be dictated by the production schedule of the Coburns Distillery as decided by Coburns.
  1. BARREL SECURITY
Coburns will hold the Barrel Note Holder’s security in a Bonded Store registered with the Australian Taxation Office. Coburns will use its reasonable endeavors to ensure the security of the barrels at the Bonded Store, this includes insuring the whisky.
  1. SOLVENCY
Each Barrel Note Holder holds security over the Whisky held in the individually numbered barrel as named on the Barrel Note. The ownership of the Whisky is automatically transferred from Coburns to the Barrel Note Holder should Coburns be subject to an insolvency event.
  1. QUALITY
Quality of the offered security; The Coburns Distillery have engaged experts in whisky distillation and production, and will use its reasonable endeavors in the production process, maturation and warehousing to have whisky produced to the highest possible standards using our production process. However, there is no guarantee as to the final Whisky flavour as each barrel of Whisky is unique in character. Coburns also does not make any guarantee as to the quality, grading or other characteristics of the Whisky nor its value or worth at any time (other than the future buy-back price. See clause 6.2.).
  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The Barrel Note Holder acknowledges Coburns’ intention to buy-back the Barrel Note between the second and seventh anniversary of purchase, however this does not guarantee that the Whisky will be mature at that time and will be ready to be bottled or ready to be sold as a Coburns Whisky.
  1. ACCEPTANCE
One of the team at Coburns will call you to confirm your details. If your membership application is successful you will be required to transfer AUD$10,000 to: Coburn & Co Pty Ltd within 5 days. After which unpaid membership Offers may be withdrawn and offered to the next person on the waiting list. All Foundation Membership positions will be filled on a first-in-first-served basis. Declined Expression Of Interest applicants may have their name placed on the waiting list should a vacancy arise.
  1. OPERATION OF THE BUSINESS
The Barrel Note Holder expressly acknowledges and agrees that nothing in this Offer will give the Barrel Note Holder or create in the Barrel Note Holder, either expressly or impliedly, any rights in the operation of Coburns or the management of Coburns in any way. 21.1. The Barrel Note Holder expressly acknowledges that the money raised by the Offer may be allocated to fund the establishment of Coburns, as well as the operating costs of Coburns.
  1. GST
There is no GST payable on this investment in a Barrel Note. A reference to GST is a tax or imposition levied under A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and any related tax imposition Act (whether imposing tax as a duty of customs excise or otherwise) and includes any legislation which is enacted to validate, recapture or recoup the tax imposed by any of such Acts. Coburns recommends that you consult a licensed tax advisor to fully understand your individual tax requirements.
  1. GENERAL
Unless the contrary intention appears, a reference in this Agreement to:
  1. (variations or replacement) a document (including this Agreement) includes any variation or replacement of it;
  2. (reference to statutes)   a statute, ordinance,   code or other law includes regulations and other instruments under it and consolidations, amendments, re-enactments or replacements of any of them;
  3. (singular includes plural) the singular includes the plural and vice versa;
  4. (executors, administrators, successors) a particular person includes a reference to the person’s executors, administrators, successors, substitutes (including persons taking by novation) and assigns;
  5. (two or more persons) an agreement, representation or warranty in favour of two or more persons is for the benefit of them jointly and each of them individually;
  6. (jointly and individually) an agreement, representation or warranty by two or more persons binds them jointly and each of them individually;
  7. (meaning not limited) the words “include”, “including”, “for example” or “such as”, when introducing an example, does not limit the meaning of the words to which the example relates to that example or examples of a similar kind;
  8. (reference to anything) anything (including any amount) is a reference to the whole and each part of it;
  9. headings (including those in brackets at the beginning of paragraphs) are for convenience and do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
  1. Account Details Account Name: Coburn & Co Pty Ltd BSB: 062-511 Account: 1031 3717 Amount: AUD$10,000 Reference: Your mobile phone number On receipt of your payment a signed copy of these terms and conditions will be posted to you. In 14-21 days you will receive the individually named and numbered Barrel Note for your safe keeping. You will receive an email confirming all your details. We need you to return this email before we can have your Barrel Note printed. If you have not received your confirmation email within 5 days of your deposit please check your Junk Mail as it may have been miss placed by the mail server. *  The Barrel Note in this offer is an unsecured note.

Still Design: time to share some thoughts

Still Design

We are planning for a set of five 5000 litre pot stills dedicated to making whisky. This should give us the flexibility to grow production in the future as demand requires. This beautiful coloured technical drawings show the classic shape of the famous Glenmorangie stills. glenmordistillery-0 There will be 100% copper contact in the vapour path. The pot sides and bottoms are specified to be constructed from 12mm copper plate and the necks and arm pipe in 5mm copper plate. Each still will weigh in at over 2500kgs.
Copper Grading 99.95% Pure

Made of many parts

All the component parts will be flanged together. The flanging has three main purposes; one is to give us flexibility in construction and transport. Another is to allow us to cost out the parts item by item. The lastly and most important in our minds is the ability modify and maintain the stills as time goes by. These drawings are still in there early stages of development. But your feedback is most welcome. The drawings have not gone to the steam furness consultants for them to specify the the heating requirements yet. So there are a few details that are plainly wrong.
Wash Still #1
Wash Still #1
 
Inclined Swan Neck #1
Inclined Swan Neck #1
Our plan is to have all the stainless steel flanges fabrication by one supplier.  Then I will know everything will be matching fit from the beginning. The copper-smithing work will be fitted to the flanges by the manufacturer making that particular part. The manufacturer making the domed pot lid doesn’t have to be the same manufacturer who will be making the pot bottom and sides, etc. Still Plan view     The pot will be 2600mm diameter. This image is the closest example of what I expect the finished pot to look like. (I think this is a half finished Carl still) Copper pot

Heating

We have made the decision to go with a steam heating the distillery. There are a lot of practical reasons for steam. First is steam has a high efficiency. Steam can be created from a few fuel types including the use of an enviro furness. We will look at heat recovery options as the budget permits as well. For the pot we are tossing up between jacketed or tube heating or mixture of both. We are looking for high level of temperature control for managing slow distillations.Duplex Alloy Steel-heaters  

The Purchase of the Distillery Site is a Done Deal

cockerel   It has been a huge effort, but we have made it. The distillery has a home. Lets roll back the clock a moment and put the decision to buy this property into context. To start with we were faced with two options; Option A: Lease a building and let it sit empty for a year while we sort out liquor licensing and council approvals. Option B: Purchase a site and invest our time and money into a location that had room to expand and would be there for decades to come. When we did the numbers there was no way we could achieve Option B on our own. Buying a site and building a distillery is a mountain in anybody’s language. Option A. The leasing of a building for 3-5 years.  We would spend a year getting licensing and the necessary approvals, then there was a huge risk that the building we could afford at the beginning would be too small 3 years down the track. That was a no win situation. Realising Option A was a huge waste of our resources, we knew we needed to find our own site. This issue played on my mind for a couple of years. The more I thought about the cost of leasing a distillery the more I realised it was not an option. It was then down to locating the right site with the right reasons to be there. When I found this site in Burrawang Station Lane I nearly exploded with excitement. It was perfect! Next came the challenge of funding it. Thank God for angels is all I can say. I did the numbers on the investment that was required and then I put a ‘Live’ post out on FaceBook. The call out on social media was to find a backer to fund the purchase of the distillery site. Within minutes my phone started to receive text messages from interested investors all over the country. I knew 3 minutes into the first phone call with a potential investor that I had found the right person. Straight away we were on the same page and he wanted to join us for the ride. unspecified-14 Special thanks go to Sharon & Andrew for buying into the dream. Two people with hearts full of love and a wealth of knowledge.  Worldly enough to understand that buying into the idea of bringing the Coburns Distillery dream to life is more about the people they are supporting than just the big idea. I feel lucky to already have such great people on our team right from the beginning. We take over the property on the 16th of November. Time for a celebration dinner and then it’s down to work. There are a million and one things to be done. It’s hard to believe we have a site with the most beautiful water a brewer/distiller could wish for. How good is that! Now we need a party to celebrate this milestone with all the friends of the distillery. You are all welcome to join us. Details to follow. [mashshare]

Time to talk to a Town Planning consultant

After downloading the Local Environmental Plan from the Sate Government website, I find the planning map that covers the right area. Things are looking positive. The land sits in an E3 zoning.  On studying the zoning regulations I’m feeling more and more confident the property is in the right zoning for our planned usage. The first permitted usage listed is: Agricultural Produce Industries. That is the best usage I could have wished for. Next tick in the box is Cellar door.  Roadside Stalls, Signage, Viticulture and Water Storage are listed approved usage as well. unspecified-3   unspecified-8unspecified-6unspecified-7 I had to call around a few long term locals for advice on who to go to for planning advice.  A few phone calls yielded me the name of the #1 Go-To town planning consultant in the area. Getting our proposed development through council planning will be about giving council the type of proposal they want in their area. This also means presenting the proposal in the best possible light and addressing any “Elephants-In-The-Room” before we submit any proposals. The advice is to plan to start by designing any new buildings to blend-in to the environment. To construct the buildings out of materials that add to the aesthetic value and don’t scream “Look-at-me”.   [mashshare]