Good Morning Gentle Readers,
As y'all know, TWC is an old fashioned guy. A traditionalist. If God wanted twist off screw caps and plastic closures, He would not have planted all those cork oak trees in Portugal.
This tree is called the Whistler Tree and is so named for the myriad songbirds that inhabit the upper reaches of the canopy. It is the world's largest and most productive cork oak tree and has been producing cork in the Alentejo region of Portugal since 1820.
The cork is harvested every nine years and each harvest, on average, produces enough cork to plug 100,000 wine bottles. By comparison, an ordinary cork oak will produce enough cork to stopper 4,000 wine bottles. To date, the tree has produced over one million corks.
Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak and is harvested by hand in the spring when rapid growth occurs. The cork layer is stripped away, easily separating from the cambium of the tree. After harvest, which promotes long term health and vigor, the cork quickly regenerates and is ready for the next harvest, nine years later.
I ain't much for buzz words, but that is what they call natural, sustainable, and renewable.