The label illustration project for the Straight Rye Whiskey began with an extensive research phase to gather information about the Amburana and Jaquiera woods, their characteristics, and their cultural significance. This research served as a foundation for the creation of the label illustrations and helped inform the artistic decisions throughout the project.
Amburana wood, scientifically known as Amburana cearensis, is native to the rainforests of Brazil. It is highly valued for its unique aromatic properties, which contribute distinct flavors to the whiskey during the maturation process.The wood imparts warm spices, vanilla, and tropical fruit notes, creating a complex and enticing flavor profile. Amburana wood is dense and durable, with a reddish-brown hue and fine grain. It is known for its resistance to rot and infestation, making it an excellent choice for cask aging.
Jaquiera wood, scientifically known as Caryocar brasiliense, originates from the Amazon rainforest. It is highly sought after for its unique flavors and aromas that it imparts to the whiskey. During maturation, Jaquiera casks infuse the spirit with rich notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and earthy undertones, resulting in a deep and complex flavor profile. Jaquiera wood is characterized by its deep reddish-brown color and a pronounced grain pattern. The wood's strength and density make it ideal for whiskey aging, allowing for gradual flavor development over time.