American Oak Chips - Heavy Toast - 4 oz
Note: Due to the complexities of flavor chemistry these findings may or may not translate to your wine 100%. However, this information should be helpful in finding out which type of oak may the best to start with as you refine your oaking tastes.
American Oak leans toward dill, coconut, vanilla extract and sweet spices and it adds ruggedness to clean fruit-forward new world wines. Zinfandel melds more smoothly with American oak. Merlot and Syrah get along with both French and American.
Generalizations of toast levels on oak:
- The lower the toast, the more tannins (“structure”) and lactones (“wood-like” and “coconut”) will be present in each of the oaks.
- The higher the toast, the more spice and smoke notes will be present
- The greater the toast level, the lower the lactones (“wood” and “coconut”) for all three woods.
- American Oak has an aromatic sweetness and a campfire/ roasted coffee attribute present in all three toast levels, with heavy toast having the highest intensity. American oak has cooked fruit more than a fresh or jammy quality.