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WOOD SELECTION & FRUIT
At Tonelería Nacional, we have become convinced that the concept of "Terroir" does not only apply to wine, but to wood as well.
The very same virtues of microorganisms, soil, sun and climate that have a decisive impact on the characteristics of a wine, play a fundamental role in the physiochemical composition of a tree.
These characteristics vary from forest to forest, and even from patch to patch, which is why we place such great importance on the selection of our woods.
The traceability of each product is also an intrinsic part of our commitment to excellence.
Through the bar code on every product we are able to identify the following variables:
• originating country
• region and forest
• conditioning time (months)
• toasting profile
• elaboration date
This does not only allow us to follow our products throughout their life cycle, but also reproduce their characteristics at any time.
Toasting is, without a doubt, the most critical and decisive step in the creation of wood with character.
Traditionally, this is a manual process and its results depend largely on the skills and experience of the masters in charge; outcomes may sometimes be unpredictable.
This is why an important part of our research in recent years has focused on the development of computer-controlled convection ovens.
Through “toasting recipes”, pre formulated in software, we can subtly alter controlled variables - such as exposure time, temperature or oxygen flow - and achieve a wide variety of toasting types which emphasize specific aromas and create woods with particular characteristics.
The concentration of most aromatic components depends almost exclusively on the intensity of the toasting, and even small variations may cause noticeable differences; strict process control is mandatory.
This is why we have developed remote controlling software, which is responsible for permanently monitoring the toasting process, not only allowing for predictable results within very narrow specifications, but also for maintaining constant and reproducible quality for larger batches, thus facilitating blending and reordering.