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Old 07-05-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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In my travels, I have heard this phrase used by various people in the rum/spirits industry. They talk of different types of additives or techniques that can accelerate the aging of rum artficially. I recently heard a highly respected distiller/blender use this terminology. His refererance to this issue was full of disdain. I have done a little research, but I would like to get some input from this forum if anyone knows specifics or has info on this topic.
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I've heard of ultraviolet being used, but haven't any more info other than that.
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some of the ones in the early days were less than palatable

...they worked quite well to get the biology rockin and it kept your slaves from drinking the mash
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The only thing that I've seen / heard of is using spirals of oak added into the barrels - increases the oak surface area, thus increasing process of aging...?

I used this technique when experimenting with 'cask conditioning' some overprooof white rum. Took strips of white oak and charred them and added to my little barrel with the rum (W&N 126 proof) it did work to increase 'aging' time over the barrel alone. I could see how the distillers would frown on it though as it is a shortcut in the time honored tradition of aging our favorite spirit.
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