Dr Martin Purvis Quarter Cask Insights

Bite-sized learning on everything and anything relating to wood, casks and the maturation of spirits by Dr. Martin Purvis.

Maturation quality improvement…..

How best to manage this complicated area

When you reuse wood many times the resulting spirit quality evolves over each fill. Reuse is great, allows distillery character to shine through and is super efficient in maximising the output from valuable assets (the barrels). This makes it environmentally friendly too!

Dr Martin Purvis Quarter Cask Insights

Many factors influence the end whisky product:

Wood type
No of previous fills
Type of previous fills
Strength
Time
warehouse location
and many more….

How best to manage this valuable maturing and evolving inventory so that you are always producing the best finished product?

In an operational environment colour is the best proxy for flavour. This can be utilised to help understand what is happening.

Dr Martin Purvis Quarter Cask Insights

Then what should you do? Thresholds of colour/flavour – reject the barrels ? Rejuvenation or scrap? Filling policy strict or relaxed?

Simple for small operators but gets complex when you are tipping a few hundred thousand barrels per year.

Look us up if you need help navigating this complicated area…..

by Master of Wood and Barrel Expert Dr. Martin Purvis, at Smart Distillery Solutions, servicing clients such as Kelvin Cooperage.

Qualifications: BSc/PHD Geology, MSc Brew/Distilling, MBA Luxury Brand Marketing and Family Business

Background: Martin has worked for nearly 20 years across the spirit drinks industry in a variety of roles from Technical Support, Compliance, Food Safety, HMRC, Blending, Procurement of raw materials, Barrel Procurement, Maturation improvement, grain storage and merchanting, used and new barrel sales, customer relationship management, new business development.

Martin Purvis Smart Distillery Solutions Kelvin Cooperage

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