So I backed Time & Oak in a KickStarter campaign and found out later that there are so many others who have been doing the same thing for far longer. After talking to others, arguable doing it better than Time & Oak.
It can also be argued that there was no way Time & Oak could not have known of these other companies if they performed even the most modicum of research into aging of whiskey.
Once I did, I found a plethora of companies offering rapid-aging inserts, like Time & Oak, to full fledged charred oak barrels of varying sizes for aging anything from moonshine to wine.
This post will cover a competitor of Time & Oak called Oak Infusion Spiral from BarrelAgedInABottle.com who have been doing this 2005.
To be fair and uniform, the experiment begins with the same bottle of moonshine.
Here is the spiral out of the package
And here it is inserted into the new bottle of shine
According to the instructions, “flavor will be completely extracted in two weeks.”
Weather provided, I will pass this onto one of my reviewers hopefully within the week. He can take it over from there and removed the spiral and review the end product with all due diligence and skill.
As a bonus, he will also be given his own spiral to experiment with and on with whatever medium he chooses.
Prior to the pass off, I will document any changed here.