Interesting review by Wayne Curtis in last weekend’s WSJ of a book re a transportation tool we never think of — the lowly barrel. Before barrels there were amphoras and other crockery for storage, followed by steel drums, sacks and ultimately the container. The barrel was the standard tool of storage for a period with its rounded sides so that it could be rolled in all dimensions. 91 million were produced in 1910. A funny thing happened along the way vintners and distilleries discovered that the barrels imparted interesting flavor notes to their products and so they survive today as a storage and flavoring tool .
the book Wood, Whiskey and Wine by Henry H. WorkThanks for Alan Pisarski for this post.