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Casks & Barrels

May 6, 2014

Once I started searching for information about blends of whisky, I realised how little I knew about casks and barrels. All I knew that cask is a wooden cylindrical drum bulging out in the middle and used for storing liquid and alcoholic drinks. I did have an idea that alcoholic drinks are stored in casks and barrels for fermentation and ageing before bottling them and that cask & barrel are synonym for each other. I admit that I had not known anything about the role or importance of casks or barrels in preparation of whiskies.

So when I was reading about the Triple maturation process of Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve whisky, I came across the terms like American bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry Butts.

The process had been described as: ‘The triple maturation process which involves Grain whiskies and Malt whiskies separately matured in American Bourbon Casks and then blended together and matured again in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time to give the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish’.
Needless to say, I wanted to know what these terms mean.

Thanks to Google, the information is handy and available at the press of a click. Going through the information that led from one word to another I was able to understand about American Bourbon cask and Oloroso Sherry Butt.

An American Bourbon cask is an oak cask which has been used to prepare a distilled (American) whiskey called Bourbon.

Sherry is a Spanish fortified wine. Oloroso in Spanish means scented. Thus, Oloroso Sherry is a variety of Sherry. Butt is another synonym for cask. The cask which has been used for preparing Oloroso Sherry is known as Oloroso Sherry Butt.

No, the process of preparation is not as simple as it might seem and appear to be. These casks are cleaned and prepared with a definite process and are made ready to be re-used. Obviously, one can’t reuse them infinite number of times as like living being they too have a limited life!

 

Casks & Barrels

Casks & Barrels

 

Sangita Passey
06 May 2014

 

 

 

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