The Maturation of Distilled Spirits: Vision & Patience
The Maturation of Distilled Spirits: Vision & Patience brings author Hubert Germain-Robin’s lifetime of experience to bear on the life of a well-crafted spirit. This book is about the aging of a spirit and its life in a barrel. Hubert Germain-Robin details the barrel wood, where it is sourced, the chemistry exchange of wood and spirit, the environment surrounding the barrel during maturation and the detailed role of the maker in engaging their senses throughout the process of aging. To all of those interested in the intricacies of what makes an excellent spirit, you will be engaged by the multitude of factors involved in the aging process and will undoubtedly be more thoughtful when appreciating a fine spirit.
Connoisseurs of brandy will recognize the name of Hubert Germain-Robin as a world-class master distiller and master blender. This book educates the distiller in the fine art of spirits maturation, which is often referred to as “elevage” in French brandy and wine world. It literally means to raise or educate a distilled spirit as if it were one’s own child. The book explores every detail of the aging process, touching on the many different types of aging used around the world, the importance of temperature, humidity, and the type of wood used for barrels. If you’ve been looking for a book that explains how the aging process enhances the quality and flavor of your distilled spirits this is the book you’ve been waiting for. It even shows how to build your own barrel!