USING OAK BARRELS TO AGE WHISKEY
Whiskey Barrels – Oak Gives Real Character to the Whiskey
Whiskey barrels and the interaction between the oak and the whiskey and is one of the most interesting, if not completely understood components of the whiskey production process.
The quality of the Whisky barrels is carefully monitored because the new spirit is to gain character and color from the wood in which it rests.
Some casks will previously have been used to mature oloroso, fino or amontillado sherries; some will have contained bourbon and some will be oak.
The type of Whiskey barrel used for maturation will have been determined by the Master Blender who is seeking a particular character and continuity of the whiskey..... Continue reading