These Food and Beverage Products Take Cues from Barrel Aging

 - Mar 16, 2018
There are countless alcoholic spirits that are enhanced with barrel aging, but a number of emerging food and beverage products are also taking inspiration from this way of aging wine and distilled spirits.

To add interest to the familiar experience of drinking tea or coffee, some brands are turning to barrel aging. While Tomatin makes Whisky Barrel-Aged Black Tea, Merlot-Infused Coffee features 100% Arabica beans that have been aged in oak barrels for a unique flavor profile. Exclusively at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, coffee lovers may now enjoy the deep flavors and citrus-caramel notes of the Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew.

Outside the beverage category, Ecuador's To'ak has launched chocolate aged in whisky and cognac barrels, while others have created various sauces and syrups in a similar fashion.