We love new innovations, and the Pinocchio Barrique Bottle is certainly one of these! This unique concept allows you to decant a bottle of Cognac into a specially designed wooden bottle, and it will continue to age.

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The Pinocchio Barrique is suitable for all alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 12o. Its design means that the contents will continue to age. Made from oak taken from responsibly managed European FSC certified forests, this invention provides everyone to become a ‘Cognac producer’ in their own home. Needless to say, we absolutely love that.

You don’t even need to have the professional expertise of the aging process: Simply download the app that comes with the Pinocchio Barrique bottle, and you’ll be guided through the process every step of the way. Oak adds aroma compounds to the contents, such as spice, clove, caramel, vanilla and smoky aromas.

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And because the Pinocchio oak bottle is so much smaller than a regular barrel, with more wooden surface touching the liquid within, the aging process is accelerated. In fact, the producers claim that 15 days aging inside a Pinocchio Barrique Bottle will produce the same results as 6 months in a regular sized barrel.

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It’s recommended that the bottle is kept in a cellar or at a temperature of around 55oF, and with humidity of around 65 – 75 per cent. You should taste the contents regularly, because the oak flavor will build up quickly, so you need to know when it’s ready to decant and drink.

The producers say that the bottle can be used for up to 70 years, but after 4-5 uses the oak flavoring will cease, and the Pinocchio Barrique bottle will then become more ‘neutral’. This means that it will no longer provide further structure or flavor, but is ideal for storing Whisky or Sherry (or perhaps, Cognac), as it will improve the quality by concentrating the taste.

The product has been in development for over a year, and has now been patented. In April 2015 manufacturing will begin, and by May the company will be shipping the product out to its eagerly awaiting customers.

This is a totally new concept, and the bottle looks pretty gorgeous. It will certainly be a talking point at any dinner party. Currently, they company is preparing a Kickstarter in order to raise money to start production. There are various different options to support them: From a £39 early bird offer, to a £69 bottle with your name carved on it. You can also order 8 bottles for a total of £296. Support this adventurous project and find out more at www.pinocchiobarrique.com.

Sources: kickstarter.com

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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