Oak Cubes - French medium-plus toast
AKA oak beans. Medium toast French oak cubes impart aromatic sweetness, full mouthfeel, and notes of jammy fruit, cinnamon, and allspice. Look for undertones of creme brulee, milk chocolate, and mild to moderate campfire and roast coffee character.
Crafted from air-dried oak staves and fire-toasted by expert coopers in California, oak cubes allow winemakers to impart terrific oak flavor and aroma to wines aged in glass carboys, plastic buckets, or steel tanks. Use a single variety or create your own custom blend of different toasts and woods.
Suggested dose is 2.5 - 3 oz per five gallons; can be added during fermentation or aging. Leave wine in contact with the cubes for a minimum of two to three months.
Haven't tried it yet, but even when I do, it will need to soak for 1 month plus, and the batch won't be bottled for another 6 months. Plan to sample it in a year, so I am giving 3 stars as it arrived and appears to be the right stuff. Really, a computer program to ask how burnt wood worked?
Cubes are great for adding flavor and color