Aging Scotch In Sherry Barrels

21 Oct

Aging Spirits

Scotch needs to be matured in oak casks, rather than bottles and the quality of the scotch is often determined by the quality of the barrel. In fact, the quality of the barrel can account for up to 95 percent of a malt whiskey’s quality, although the barley and the manufacturing process also play their part.

The quality of the cask ultimately depends on the quality of the wood, and the oak should be both solid and flexible. White American oak and European oak are both used for making barrels, and the whiskey’s flavor is also improved by the oak used.

Why You Should Not Age Bourbon In a Sherry Barrel

Although bourbon can be aged in a new cask, scotch should only be aged in a second hand cask, which means that aging bourbon in a sherry barrel or cask is not an option. In fact, the law is…

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