Cask Studies

The production of new spirit in a distillery, often referred to as 'new make' or white spirit, is in many ways the start of a whisky's journey to becoming a finished product. When it comes to maturation there are a myriad of options, from the size and type of cask to the strength at which it is filled.

The properties of the oak from which these casks are made will contribute a variety of qualities to the spirit as it matures. Also of importance is the impact of the liquid to have previously occupied the cask, whether it have been an American bourbon, Spanish sherry, French wine or even a very different style of Scotch whisky.

The overall character of a whisky is the coming together of the original spirit, the qualities imparted by the oak as well as the many chemical reactions that occur over the years while the cask rests quietly in a bonded warehouse. The balance between these factors will change as the spirit matures, with some flavours becoming more prominent while others fade into obscurity.

Hear you can learn more about the vital role that casks play in the creation of each and every whisky, from single malts to blends, fiery young Islays to complex and mellow Speysides.

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