I started to make, here in Canada, brandy (or palinca how is called in my native country Romania). They do not have it here and I felt like keeping the tradition alive. So I make brandy from apples, pears, peaches, even pineapple. But the taste is not the same if the brandy is aged in the bottle. A good barrel mellows down the roughness of it and gives the brandy a nice flavour.
I got a small cherry barrel from Haraly Cooperage and loaded it with fresh pear brandy. After 3 weeks the colour and the taste of the brandy were greatly enhanced, I'll see after few months.
The quality of the barrel is excellent, I will certainly order another mulberry one, it seems to give the harsh apple and pear brandy a beautiful aroma.