About this project
Our popular culture reinforces the idea that what you buy at the liquor store is what you get and that there is no way to make it your own. And in order to get the really tasty stuff, the stuff aged for years or decades, you must be ready to dish out the big bucks every time. Well it’s time someone changed that.
That is why we have created the “Oak Bottle”. The Oak Bottle is the first “for-home-use” barrel-aging vessel. Now anyone can take an average bottle of wine or whiskey to new heights, or bring out new flavors in your best bottle.
Read and watch more below..
I am Joel Paglione, creator of the world's fastest oak aging vessel, the "Oak Bottle". My immersion into the winemaking culture stems from my Italian roots. Every fall, my family looks forward to making wine and there is stiff competition among my uncles to see who can create the best bottle. Seven years ago, one of my uncles was diagnosed with cancer, which led him to build the greatest legacy. He bought a vineyard and converted it into a winery – and named it Paglione Estate Winery. My uncle had a successful construction business and decided he would put construction on hold and go into something he was even more passionate about. He passed three months ago, and left a beautiful legacy. Before he passed I would go to the winery and we would walk through it and, I would ask why we use so many small barrels. Why not put the wine bigger barrels to save time processing. He said to me the words that would change the course of my life, “What you don’t understand Joel is, the smaller the barrel, the faster the oak infusion”.
The Paglione Estate Winery is located in Ontario Canada and the cold weather can make growing crops a challenge. Accelerating the aging process with small barrels is a useful method in cold-climate wine areas like Canada where significant grape loss can occur in any given year. Some wineries use even smaller oak barrels to aid in getting the wine to taste like an aged wine that’s been aged for years in a shorter amount of time. Downsized barrels (about half the size of the 59-gallon barrels you might find in California) allow wine from the abundant years to be bottled sooner and put on shelves more quickly. That realization led me to begin developing my Chicago-based “Oak Bottle” four years ago. After multiple iterations, Oak Bottle was debuted in March at the International Housewares Show and was awarded the Invention Recognition Award of the entire Show.
The Oak Bottle makes it possible for the regular person to oak age their favorite wines and spirits, whereas, in the past, only wineries and distilleries had access to the oak barrel. Our approach is similar to SodaStream. It used to be only big soda makers had access to carbonation machines and SodaStream brought carbonation to the consumer. That is a similar path we are on. The inexperienced can figure out their taste preferences and the experts can impress their friends. With the Oak Bottle, we are trailblazing a whole new category.
Our company is passionate about making the aging process simple, fast and cost effective for everyone. Our mission is to pioneer the world of custom aged wine, spirits, beer, and cocktails so that everyone can enjoy the taste of that expensive vintage or that top shelf whiskey but at a price point they can afford. We think everyone should have access to traditional barrel aging techniques but in the palm of their hand and in the comfort of their own home.
The “Oak Bottle” is an aging vessel that is designed to allow anyone to customize their favorite beverages with extravagant aromas and complex oak aged flavor. Enjoying fantastic oaked wine or whiskey has never been easier or as inexpensive. Using our Oak Bottle, you can now produce the same oak flavors that once took years to infuse, but in just hours or days. The solution is our patent pending design which maximizes the amount of oak surface area that the liquid inside is in contact with, thereby accelerating the oak aging process naturally. Unlike oak chips, oak spirals and oak barrels, the Oak Bottle works in as little as 2 to 48 hours and it is extremely simple to use.
- Dimensions: 15 x 4 inch diameter (38.1 x 10.16 mm diam)
- Weight: 2.2 pounds (1 kg)
- Volume: 1/5 gallon (750 ml)
- Material: 100% American White Oak
- Charring Level: Medium
- Detail: Includes two stainless steel rings, a laser etched bottle logo, and a custom cork stopper
STRETCH GOAL 1:
We hit our 1st Stretch Goal in just 48 hours! We are so excited to release for purchase only through our Kickstarter project, the "LEVITATING COCKTAIL" as an exclusive new reward level available for everyone to add to their purchase.
This device defies gravity and gives your Oak Bottle custom aged drink the attention it deserves. It will be sure to blow your friends away as they take a second and third look at your drinks impressive magical powers of levitation. It will literally elevate yours senses.
WARNING: Bartenders and enthusiasts everywhere be advised, may cause jaw dropping syndrome as this is sure to impress your guests.
Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 3/4 inches
Material: Stainless steel Details: Cup easily floats and rotates uninterrupted, has built in LED's embedded in the stainless steel base, utilizes brand new technology, and can support max weight of 300g.
Includes: Plastic Cocktail Cup, AC Adapter
STRETCH GOAL 2:
You did it again! We hit our 2nd STRETCH GOAL of $90,000, and so as promised we have released our most magnificent Oak Bottle yet..
The LUX Oak Bottle Editions: The "PINNACLE", the "FLORAL", the "CALAVERA", the "ILLUSIVE", and the "VINE"
These exclusive luxury Oak Bottles are ONLY available to our Kickstarter supporters. Each LUX Oak Bottle requires 1 hour to be fully laser etched and comes in multiple 3D etched patterns. To upgrade your current Oak Bottle reward to LUX version, just add $100 to your pledge amount.
While Oak Bottle is designed to be beautiful, with seamless elegance, its real achievement is attributed to the science and math that allows it to work. As we stated earlier, the Oak Bottle works by utilizing a simple mathematical equation. Surface Area divided by Volume. Essentially, the more surface area that touches less volume the faster the oak infusion process happens. It's that simple. We've done the math and our bottle is mathematically 60 times faster than a typical oak barrel.
An Oak Barrel essentially does two things. It allows a very slow introduction of oxygen into the wine or spirit (aka “micro-oxygenation”); and it imparts the character of the wood into the wine through surface contact absorption and extraction. Due to the large surface area to volume ratio of the Oak Bottle, the rate at which the wine or spirit absorbs and extracts from the charred oak surface inside, the quicker the maturation process occurs. We also designed the Oak Bottle to be taller than it is wide, unlike a barrel, so that we can maximize the liquid contact inside and to ensure the liquid in the center has the most opportunity to contact the inside walls. Also the Oak Bottle is made from one single consistent piece of Oak, as opposed to barrels which are made from multiple staves of wood. This means better consistency and quality of oak flavor.
Until now, there were only three ways to oak age wine or spirits -- oak barrels, oak spirals, or oak chips. But none are as effective as the Oak Bottle.
Oak Barrels / Casks- As we have said, oak barrels and casks are expensive, bulky, difficult to transport, they leak, can't be poured from, require rotating often, and most of all they are extremely slow at oak aging due to their volume-to-surface-area-ratio.
Oak Chips- Although oak chips are an inexpensive and relatively simple way to add oak flavor to wine or spirits, they also displace valuable volume and also leave sediment in the alcohol which requires heavy filtering to remove. A major flaw is the inability to allow for micro-oxygenation, which is a huge part of how the oak aging process works. It's not just about adding "oak flavor" to wine or spirits. Some may say that without micro-oxygenation, using oak chips is like adding "oak extract" into your wine or spirit.
Oak Spirals, Staves, or Sticks- The problem with oak spirals, staves, and sticks is primarily that they take weeks to impart any true oak flavor into the wine or spirit. And although they do not add as much sediment as oak chips, sediment is still an issue. And, they displace liquid, and we all know volume is money. Fishing the sticks out of the vessel can be a pain. Most importantly, like oak chips, there is no micro-oxygenation (breathing through the wood) occurring with oak spirals, a critical part of the oak aging process.
Putting the alternatives to the ultimate test:
In order to prove that the Oak Bottle is faster at oak aging than all the alternatives, we set up a GoPro camera and conducted an experiment putting all modern oak aging methods head to head with the Oak Bottle and filmed it over a 48 hour period in time lapse. See the results for yourself below!
The results of the below Time Lapse Video will shock you-- CLICK BELOW
It is clear, as you can see in the video and the results below, the Oak Bottle aged batch is clearly more oak aged than any of the other methods. It’s color is amber; it’s vanilla notes are firmly enriched in the nose; and it’s taste is layered with complexity, roundness, and sweetness. It is undeniable that the Oak Bottle is by far more effective at Oak Aging than other modern oak aging methods available today.
Trends in aging whiskey and other spirits are on the rise, and the Oak Bottle is excited to be the first effective household tool to tackle the market. Technomic Inc (www.technomic.com), the leading food research and consulting firm, noted in a recent press release the growing popularity of signature cocktails. Barrel aged cocktails in particular are picking up steam in bars and lounges worldwide, and the Oak Bottle’s conveniently portable size, re-usability, and quick turnaround time is helping to blaze the way.
Size Does Matter: One of the major obstacles bartenders are facing when it comes to barrel aged cocktails is that most barrels are simply too big to make sense for a bar, which in most cases have limited capacity or shelf space. Barrels can range anywhere from 1 gallon to 70 gallons, which is practical if you are a large spirit or wine producer and are bottling hundreds of cases of bottles, but not a bar or restaurant where space is limited. Not only is there the issue of space constraints, but even more important is the issue of the amount of time required for barrels and casks to adequately age anything. Bartenders simple do not have time to wait for months for their cocktails to be ready. They want to experiment quickly, and change menus often without investing in gallons of alcohol or months of their time just to see if their recipe will even turn out tasting good enough to offer up.
Bartenders are putting it to use: Some of the best bars in the world are using the Oak Bottle as a tool to create a barrel aged cocktail program that is unlike anything before. Two of the top bartenders in the world – James Estes and Claudiu Mnerau – recently won the Diageo Reserve World Class UAE competition heat using the Oak Bottle for their final judged cocktails (the “Brown Diamond” and the “Second Barrel” which are both featured recipes in our cocktail recipe book “aged” available exclusively for our Kickstarter supporters). And other globally recognized bartenders and sommeliers are calling it the next must have wine, spirit, and bar accessory.
Check out the testimonials in the video below:
The Oak Bottle can make inexpensive wine or spirits taste as good, if not better than the expensive stuff. But don’t just believe us, we have taken our bottle to the streets of Chicago to have random people taste test as well.
Blind Taste Test: We decided to put the Oak Bottle to the test to prove that we can make inexpensive wine and whisky taste as good if not better than the expensive award winning option. We selected 2 red wines and 2 whiskeys made from the same varieties but different price points. Eight random strangers off the street tasted and rated each of the wines and whiskies.
Check out the Blind Taste Test video below:
Results: According to the tasters, the oak bottle aged wine and whiskey was noticeably smoother and easier to sip. The total scores from the random strangers for the Oak Bottle aged wine and whiskey was way above the most expensive options.
So if you are contemplating that expensive bottle of red wine or that top shelf whiskey, perhaps get yourself an Oak Bottle instead.
The first thing you will want to do when preparing the Oak Bottle for use is to swell it by adding lukewarm water to the bottle and let it sit, to get the bottle sealed and ready for its first batch of aging. Once the bottle has stopped leaking (could take 24 hours or more) let the water out and air dry without letting it completely dry out again. Once the bottle is rid of water, add the wine, spirit, beer or cocktail of your choice. After filling the Oak Bottle with your beverage of choice, let it sit undisturbed in a dry area out of direct sunlight for 2 to 48 hours or until your preferred level of oak aged flavor and aroma is reached. That’s it. Kick back and enjoy your masterpiece!
We have been developing the Oak Bottle for over 3 years now. It took us five iterations of the design to get us to the point of being ready with our first production bottle. We had a few hundred of the Oak Bottle “1.0” made and handed them out to family, friends, and industry experts. People loved what the Oak Bottle could do but it was too bulky looking. So we redesigned the bottle to have a more narrow shape and compensated for it by increasing its height so we did not lose volume. We changed the shape of the neck to be a more gradual curve, reminiscent of more of a wine bottle and called it the Oak Bottle “2.0”.
We are proud of the Oak Bottle “2.0” but the product could be even better. With your help we can make the Oak Bottle more production friendly so that we can improve our throughput and reduce costs.
For us to bring the Oak Bottle "3.0" to life, we need your support. Your generous funding will help us get things started in order to realize our concept. It will assist us with the cost of further development, manufacturing and production. More importantly you get the chance to be one of the first users of the Oak Bottle. We will also use our funding to test our concept to make it better. We are committed to continuous improvement so we are always giving people the best possible solutions.
Improving our Manufacturing and Production Processes: The funding we raise from our Kickstarter supporters will go towards the purchasing of an Automated CNC Lathe Machine which will enable us to carve the oak bottles more accurately and therefore reduce variation, increase throughput, and improve overall quality of our finished product. The state-of-the-art equipment will help us speed up the manufacturing process which will allow us to make oak bottles quicker so we can keep up with our growing demand and enable us to enter new markets.
Here is a glimpse of the features of the improved Kickstarter exclusive Oak Bottle "3.0":
The Oak Bottle 3.0 comes in two sizes, mini size (355 ml, beer bottle size) and regular size (750 ml, wine bottle size). The regular size Oak Bottle also comes in multiple flavor infused options as well, which you will see below.
Each Oak Bottle comes in a protective tube package and includes:
- A custom laser etched cork top
- A small container of oak bottle wax for sealing any potential stubborn leaks
- 2 coasters for absorbing drips during swelling process (1 doubles as a batch ID marker for keeping track of your batches contents, ABV, and age)
- and instructions on how to use the Oak Bottle
The Oak Bottle 3.0:
The Oak Bottle 3.0 Mini:
The Oak Bottle 3.0 Flavor Infused Options:
(see “ADD-ONS” in the Rewards section for instructions on how to order a Flavor Infused Option)
We are beyond excited to publicly release for the very first time through the help of Kickstarter, the only cocktail, wine, and spirits recipe book dedicated to the art of Oak Aging. The book called “aged” features the Oak Bottle and includes award winning cocktail recipes from World Class bartenders. It also includes recipes and info for people of all experience levels so that whether you are just getting started or a seasoned professional, you can make the most delicious tasting aged cocktails, wine and spirits.
Dimensions: 5.5" x 5"
Construction: 52 pgs, hardcover, matte lamination
Contents: Includes 14 aging recipes (5 easy, 4 medium, and 5 difficult), 3 award winning cocktail recipes (one from the Monin Cup World Finals Paris 2014, and two from the coveted Diageo World Class Best Bartender Competition 2015), as well as tips on garnishing your drinks and stocking your bar.
Retail / Wholesale / Distribution Strategy: The retail, wholesale, and distribution channel is where the Oak Bottle’s size, speed, an overall practicality has the potential to revolutionize the way people enjoy, learn about, and share their favorite alcoholic beverages. We are proud of the early retail success we have had so far with Brookstone, Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon Vendor Central, Wayfair, The Grommet, Lakeland UK, and more. We are excited to continue to partner with retailers across the globe so people everywhere have access to the Oak Bottle.
Promotional Product Strategy: A major advantage of the Oak Bottle is the fact that it is made of wood, which enables a design to be easily etched into its surface. We would like to work with companies to create unique new products, corporate gifts, swag, etc. Here are just some of the custom Oak Bottles we have been working on.
Strategic Partnership Strategy: We are heavily focused on finding like-minded companies to partner with and create complimentary products unlike anything on the market now. For that reason, a few months ago we began working on an “Aging Kit”. The Aging Kit would include a partner’s unaged spirit (or slightly aged spirit) on the left and an empty Oak Bottle on the right so that people everywhere can experience the fun and creativity of aging their own spirit at home. Aging kits that exist today are about the size of a television box on the shelf due to the size of the oak barrel or cask they must sell with it, costing hundreds of dollars in most cases. The Oak Bottle Aging Kit box we have developed is no larger than the size of two liquor bottles side by side. Check out our backing levels if you are interested in partnering your brand with us for an Aging Kit or contact us directly.
One of the best ways you can get involved and help ensure our project is successful is to share it as much as possible. So we are offering an incentive program that will reward you for your social donations!
JUST SHARE AND IF 5 PEOPLE PLEDGE 1 REGULAR OAK BOTTLE OR MORE UNDER YOUR REFERRAL THEN WE WILL SHIP YOU A FREE OAK BOTTLE!
Details: When we send out our survey to collect the shipping information we will include a spot where people can mention who referred them to the project by name or email.
We feel so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read our campaign and for those who did what they could to help us spread the word. We have spent the last few months working hard to bring our vision to life in this campaign and it has been worth every minute thanks to all our generous supporters. Please know your efforts, even the smallest, don’t go unnoticed. We will continue to keep you posted on what your donation helped us achieve. You are part of our “Oak Bottle” family.
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Name: Joel Paglione
Phone Number: 312-566-8368
The Oak Bottle was designed and created by Joel Paglione, the same guy who is the driving force behind the first reversible and magnetic neckties, an environmentally friendly bamboo clothing company, and a successfully funded Kickstarter project called “Secure SALT” which brought to market a card that once you are in proximity of, lets you lock and unlock your phone without entering your PIN, saving you “close to 52 hours every year”. His passion and experience in solving real world problems, whether big or small, is rooted in who he is and what he believes in.
Here is a Q&A radio interview with our creator, Joel Paglione:
Risks and challenges
It would be unfair to our backers to not disclose any potential issues, so we've carefully thought things through and outlined our potential issues below:
- Missing the delivery date. Honestly, we have set a very aggressive delivery schedule for our early bird rewards because we want to get the product to the first people who pledge quickly as a thank you by delivering before the winter holidays. But we know our exposure based on the set quantities and think we can lean forward if we have to, in order to hit the timeline. But the risk may be higher with international shipments.
- Equipment does not arrive on time or have issues with setup or calibration. This is not that big of a risk. In my previous engineering roles throughout my career in manufacturing, the equipment companies are fairly reliable when it comes to on time deliveries and setup. Not that concerned about this one.
- Constraints on raw materials. Let’s say we have an extremely successful project and we need way more American Oak then we had expected? Although technically a risk, since our demands are relatively low in comparison to other industries such as the furniture industry and home construction industry, and since we are launching over the winter when there is less demand for American Oak, we should have relatively limited risk when it comes to getting the raw materials we need to make your Oak Bottles.
Although every project has risks and challenges, we feel we mitigated our risks in three ways.
1. We have done the footwork before coming to our crowd funders. We have already reached out to the industry experts for feedback and critique then we implemented it into our design. But we did receive incredible feedback from users and enthusiasts alike.
2. The second way we mitigated our risk for supporters is by relying on science. While Oak Bottle is designed beautifully, with seamless elegance, its ability to age so quickly is attributed to the science and math that allows it to work so well. The utilization of surface area to volume ratio principles as a mechanism to speed up aging of alcoholic beverages has been widely studied and is very well published the past few decades.
3. With our founder’s four companies he has launched and the multiple products he has developed and brought to market, we feel we are well equipped and have the experience to handle any setbacks in the launch process.
While we expect to run into normal challenges that a new business will have, we will face these challenges with the same tenacity and relentlessness that brought us this far.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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