At Lukas Liquors, we understand the importance of aging when it comes to wine and spirits. The aging process can significantly enhance the beverage’s flavor, aroma, and complexity, resulting in a more enjoyable drinking experience. Explore our store today, and keep reading as we take a closer look at the art of aging and explore the aging process of popular wine varietals and spirits you can find at our store.
Red wine is one of the most widely-recognized beverages that benefit from aging. The more structured and tannic the wine, the better it ages over time. In general, full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah have a higher alcohol content, lower acidity, and higher tannin levels, allowing them to age for extended periods. Tannins will combine with the alcohol to create a smoother and more complex tannin structure. During the aging process, the wine slowly matures as it’s stored at the appropriate temperature and humidity levels, resulting in softer tannins and more complex flavors.
Scotch is one of the most recognizable spirits that benefit from aging. Scotch is a malt whiskey that is aged in oak barrels to give it the color, aroma, and distinctive flavor we all know and love. The wood of the barrel imparts its flavor on the spirit, providing notes of vanilla, caramel, and smoke. Scotch can be aged for extended periods, with some expressions requiring 12, 18, or even 25 years in the barrel. The aging process also helps to evaporate the spirit, increasing its concentration, and resulting in more vibrant flavors.
Tequila is an agave-based spirit that can also benefit from aging. Aged Tequila is also known as Anejo tequila, and the aging process usually ranges from 1 to 3 years in oak barrels. During aging, the tequila absorbs the wood’s flavors and gains a smooth character. The flavor becomes more complex, as oak notes, spice flavors, and smokiness from the barrel start to present themselves.
Rum is another spirit that can be aged for extended periods, with some expressions maturing for up to twenty years in the barrel. The aging process plays an important role in developing the characteristics of the drink, like its flavor, aroma, and color. Aged rum is smoother, creamier on the mouth, and has a sweeter flavor than white rum. The longer it ages, the more complex the flavors become. Rums that are aged in a new barrel have different characteristics from those aged in used barrels.
At Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree, CO, we take pride in offering a wide selection of high-quality spirits and fine wines to suit every taste and preference. The aging process is a crucial element in creating our beverages, and it takes an incredible amount of patience, expertise, and skill to perfect. Whether you prefer a robust and complex Cabernet Sauvignon or a smooth, smoky Scotch, we have the right drink for you. Take your time, savor the flavors, and experience the art of aging found in our wine varietals and spirits.