At Speyside Bourbon Cooperage all of our raw materials from steel to staves are personally selected by us. We took our time selecting vendors knowing the importance of that the raw material makes to the end product and ultimately to the end user.
We purchase staves and heading pieces from all three of the white oak producing areas in the US: Ozark, Appalachian and Northern. Our oak is carefully inspected by our people on our stave yard to ensure that it meets our strict requirements. All of our white oak goes through a long drying process consisting of time on our yards, time in our pre-dryers and ultimately time in our kilns.
At every stage of the drying process we sample our material for desired moisture content verifying that it meets our quality specifications. No glue or nails are used in the making of our barrels, rest assured that what you receive from our Cooperage is contaminant free. Our barrels are held together tightly by our high quality steel hoops that we make every day in our plant. We source our steel to our specifications and store it inside under roof to ensure a high quality product. We work hand in hand with our steel supplier to ensure that the material we receive is consistent, free of any residues and has the strength that we demand.
The end result is that our customers get a barrel that is smartly made with strength and integrity and will create a superior product.