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barrel-tofire-9d99fd55ec65a9371bf34cd0cbd4c84710c616f8The aging process is one of the most important parts of making whiskey. Turning a high-proof moonshine into a smooth bourbon or sophisticated scotch requires time, patience, and, above all, barrels. However, not all whiskey barrels are created equal. In addition to the wood used (almost always white oak), the barrel itself must be prepared beforehand. How, you ask? By burning the insides, of course. While this process may relatively straightforward, there are distinct two types of burning procedures that whiskey makers use when crafting their barrels: toasting, and charring. What is the difference between the two? Is one…

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