Frequently Asked Questions
Can i reuse a whiskey element?
Whiskey Elements are designed for a single use but can be reused. However, they will not produce the same potent results as a new Element would. Much like reusing a tea bag, you will get the filtration effects but the flavor and color effects will not be as pronounced.
It will depend on how long each element is in a bottle, rather than a specific number of uses think of it as the amount of time in each bottle. They work incredibly fast and do so in the span of approximately one week, so taste often and remove once you like the taste. Most customers take them out after 24hrs. (most popular taste difference) This type of use 24hrs or less on the first bottle, maybe 48 on the second and so on will yield up to three uses give or take per element.
PRO TIP: from me: Pour just one ounce of what you plan to age, use the element to stir the ounce preferably in a shot glass or something tall and thin so it can contact at least an inch of the wood. Stir it for 2-10 min tasting every 2 minutes or so. This will give you an idea of the taste you want from the whole bottle. It is amazing how much it will change it in that first 15 min. When you know you will love it drop it in the bottle and turn those minutes roughly into hours until you love the result!
We here at Time & Oak believe every new bottle of whiskey deserves a new Element.
Are there negative effects to leaving the whiskey elements in for longer than 3 weeks?
There are many reasons we recommend not leaving an Element in for longer than 10 days. For one, the release and filtration of the spirit happens so rapidly that the majority of the sugars and flavors will be released within the first 24-72 hours. Beyond that, if you leave an Element in too long it will become oversaturated and start to make the liquor taste "woody" which is what you don't want.
We recommend taste checking the bottle every 24 hrs to see where it's at. Once it hits a point you really like, just pull it out of the bottle.
Should i only use a whiskey element in cheap or bad whiskey?
Whiskey Elements will do an amazing job improving bottom-shelf whiskeys, but the real magic occurs in your mid-shelf whiskeys. We suggest you pour a third of a fifth of whiskey into a separate container and flavor the other portion with a Whiskey Element so you can see the difference before and after.
Where are elements sold in Portland Oregon?
We are in a number of stores. Most Portland-area liquor stores now carry Elements. Please call ahead to make sure they have not run out of stock and do in fact have them.
For the largest selection, please find us at the following locations:
- MadeHere PDX: 40 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (across from Powell's books) — (503) 224-0122
- Kitchen Kaboodle:
- Southwest Portland: 8788 S.W. Hall Boulevard at Scholls Ferry, 97223 — (503) 243-3316
- Northwest Portland: 404 N.W. 23rd Avenue at Flanders Street, 97210 — (503) 241-4040
- Northeast Portland: 1520 N.E. Broadway Street at 16th Avenue, 97212 — (503) 288-1500
- Hillsboro: 1415 N.E. 61st Ave., 97124 — (503) 846-1515 — NE Cornell Rd. at 61st in Hillsboro next to New Seasons Market at Orenco Station
We’re also located at:
- West Moreland Liquor: 7207 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202 — (503) 235-3635
- Sunnyside Liquor: 12038 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015 — (503) 698-5829
- Barbur Liquor: 9875 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219 — (503) 246-1760
- Eastside Distilling:
- Retail Store and Tasting Room: 1512 SE 7th Avenue (at Hawthorne) — (503) 926-7060
- Clackamas Town Center: 12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon — (503) 908-0637
- Washington Square Mall: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd — (503) 530-8391
“Virgin” neutral spirit
A neutral spirit like a vodka, gin, or another clear alcohol will take on the best notes of the oak aging process, bringing out flavors like honey, maple, and vanilla while simply elevating the base flavor of the spirit. All of this happens in one to three days. Continue to taste regularly to get the flavor profile you’re looking for.
These videos should help demonstrate how effective Time & Oak elements are!
Can I use Whiskey Elements with beer?
Whiskey Elements will impart flavor, texture and purification into any liquid. Feel free to experiment with Whiskey Elements in all of your favorite beers. The volumetrics recommended are one Element per fifth or two for a half-gallon.
How long should whiskey elements be left in a bottle?
A majority of the effects will take place in the first 24-48 hours, however, you can leave it in for up to 3 weeks. We don’t recommend leaving an Element in for longer than this time period because there is only so much liquid the wood can process. In our experience, the optimal timeline is anywhere from 1-10 days.
NOTE: Whiskey Elements should not be left in a bottle of whiskey longer than 3 weeks.
What will happen if I use pure ethanol with the elements?
Are you thinking of using Whiskey Elements in a straight White Dawg or Moonshine? If so, you can definitely get great results with Whiskey Elements. The only trick is that it will take longer and require more Elements to get the Bourbon effect you are looking for. Whiskey Elements are designed to be used in bottles that have already seen some amount of time in a barrel to help elevate it to that next level. Using them in a moonshine will take about 3-4 Elements most likely over the course of a few weeks. The trick is to get all the great flavors and color you want out of each one and then put a new one in.
How many whiskey elements do i need to flavor my whiskey?
Use a container of about one Whiskey Element per fifth or two for a half-gallon.
Do you ship out of the United States?
Yes! We ship internationally.
Can i use whiskey elements in scotch or bourbon?
Absolutely! Whiskey Elements work well in both Bourbon and Scotch. It is all about crafting your perfect whiskey.
How do i use Whiskey Elements?
Add one Element to a fifth or two to a half-gallon of your favorite whiskey.
Wait 24 hours. For best results be sure to stir occasionally within that time.
You're done! Nice work. Enjoy and always make sure to drink respectfully.
Note: Some Elements may need more time than others. We recommend you taste test your whiskey every 24hrs until it hits a flavor profile that you really enjoy. Once it hits that point simply remove the Element from the bottle and your whiskey is ready.
Can I use Whiskey Elements with wine?
While flavor notes will be imparted into wine, we do not recommend using Whiskey Elements in wine.
Do you make these for vodka?
We love them in Vodka especially for making bloody mary's and other fun cocktails. We use our Signature Whiskey Element for Vodka. You will get a very clean young bourbon taste that is just incredibly smooth. Using Whiskey Elements in a vodka offers great opportunities for crafting cocktail infusions as well.
We use Tito's at the office as our Vodka of choice.
What type of whiskey to use this with?
Truthfully, we recommend that you use Whiskey Elements in a brand that you already enjoy. This will give you the best comparison since you are already familiar with it. Remember, we don't want to tell you what to drink. We want to give you the power to enhance and customize what you already enjoy drinking so you can create something that is exclusively and uniquely your own.
That being said, we have seen great results in Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Crowne Royal, Bulleit Bourbon, Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Bull Run and beyond. Just be sure to taste check the bottle every 24 hours to see where it's at. Once it hits a point you really like, just take it out of the bottle.
Flavors? (do we “flavor” them?)
Time & Oak uses a 100% natural process to create Whiskey Elements. There are no added flavors or preservatives of any kind. We utilized science to create a process that activates the natural sugars and alters flavors already found within the wood. Unlike traditional barrel aging which flavors whiskey over a period of years, A Whiskey Element gives the liquid rapid access to the wood’s capillaries so the flavor and filtration effects occur at a much faster rate.
What kind of whiskey should i drop a whiskey element into?
You can add a Whiskey Element to any whiskey. Our favorites are Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal, Dry Fly and Jack Daniel’s. We suggest you try it in whichever whiskey you like drinking and compare the before and after.
What are whiskey stones made of?
Whiskey stones are made of soapstone; Here’s a Wikipedia article about it.
Can these help smooth out vodka?
Yes, Whiskey Elements can be used to add a barrel aged twist to vodka. We have seen very interesting results in many different brands but one of our personal favorites is in Tito's Vodka. Using Whiskey Elements in a vodka offers great opportunities for crafting cocktail infusions as well.
Happy Experimenting! Here is a quick PRO TIP: Pour about one ounce of what you plan to age preferably in a shot glass or something tall and thin so it can contact at least an inch of the wood. Then use the element to stir/sit in the small glass. Stir/let it sit for 2-20min tasting every 2-5 minutes or so. This will give you an idea of the taste you want from the whole bottle. It is amazing how much it will change it in that first 5-15 min. When you know you will love it drop it in the bottle and turn those minutes roughly into hours until you love the result! *This is a lot of fun to do with a clear spirit such as vodka, silver rum or blanco tequila.
Can a whiskey element be used in other dark liquor ie: dark rum?
The Elements are finely tuned to work with any spirit. Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, & Gin.
Do you have wholesale pricing?
Yes, please email email@example.com