How to Use Kounterfit Essences with your aging barrel

Kick your liquor up a notch with Deep South Barrels’ Kounterfit essences for flavoring moonshine and other spirits! Our products quickly transform humble vodka or other neutral alcohols into something smooth and smoky, reminiscent of your favorite aged rye or bourbon. Adding flavoring essences is an optional part of the barrel aging process, but it’s a great way to experiment with different liquors and add your own unique touch to your favorite drink. Keep reading to learn more!

Adding Kounterfit Essences

If you already use our American oak barrels to age spirits, adding flavoring essences is just one easy extra step. After you’ve cured your barrel, blend the spirit of your choice with the flavoring essence, taking care to follow the specific instructions on the side of the bottle. Then, add the blended product to the barrel and age it as you normally would. Over time, the essence will combine with the natural flavoring compounds in the oak barrel to take on a unique character all its own. Add our flavoring essences to inexpensive liquors like vodka or grain alcohol, or experiment with different spirits altogether.

One bottle of our essences is enough to flavor up to 750ml of the alcohol of your choice. To ensure you get the most out of your purchase, rinse the empty bottle out with a small amount of liquor and pour it back into the barrel.

Browse our current inventory of high-quality spirit flavoring essences by following the links below. You’ll find a wide range of your favorite flavors, many of which emulate some of the most famous premium bourbons, ryes, rums, brandies and aperitifs on the market today.

One of the great things about barrel-aging is that it’s so versatile. It requires no great time commitment and no particularly hard to track down ingredients. For deliciously aged spirits, all you have to do is select your favorite bottle of rum, bourbon, or whiskey, and let it sit undisturbed. However, should you prefer to craft your own particular brand of liquor, our collection of essences will give you high-quality, smooth flavor for minimal effort.

Flavor Matching

You might love a particular brand or style of whiskey, but the prohibitive price tag makes it a special-occasions only treat. This is where the DSB Kounterfit essences come in very handy. Our essences are crafted to allow you to recreate the flavor of your favorite drink. For instance, our “Flamethrower” essence is a taste match to the popular Fireball whiskey. All you have to do is mix one bottle of essence with one 750mL of neutral grain (ethanol) in your aging barrel, and let it sit for two to three weeks. Be sure to taste it around the two-week mark to see how the flavors are developing, and if it is to your taste.

Endless Variety

We have many different essences to choose from – some of the popular flavors include Canadian Rye Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Cherry Bourbon, Coconut Rum, Dark Jamaican Rum, Mexican Coffee, Honey Mead Liqueur, Plum Brandy, Peppermint Schnapps, and Goldrush Cinnamon Schnapps. They are available to order in bulk at a discounted rate.

Kounterfit essences are a great way to become more creative with the many uses of your aging barrel. By making your own spirits, and recording your own recipes, you are taking part in a tradition that is 4700 years old. If you have any questions about how to use the essences, or the barrels in general, give us a call at 713-340-3103, ext. 2. If you want to submit a recipe to us for the site, email it directly to us at marketing@deepsouthbarrels.com

Not sure where to begin with our alcohol flavoring essences? Check our out Recipes page for the inspiration you need to get started. Got a recipe or technique you’d like to share? Send it our way and we’ll post it on our website or Facebook fan page. No matter what your drink of choice is, DSB’s vodka and moonshine flavoring essences are a great way to enjoy premium spirits on a tap water budget. Place your order today!