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THE OAK CASK

Scotch Whisky Casks Legal Definition

Scotch Whisky Casks Legal Definition

 

Wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres (185 US gal; 154 imp gal) for at least three years.

 

History

 

Leith, the port of Edinburgh was a major warehousing location for casks filled with the wines of Jerez that were shipped into Scotland.

 

Transportation and Storage

 

Once emptied, these casks were used for storage and transport containers for Scotch Whisky.

 

Up until the 19th century, many Scots distillers still sold their output by the barrel to local pubs, inns and licensed grocers and hardly sold further afield.

 

A grocer or a merchant in a village or town might stock four or five barrels of different local malts, identified by a card tacked to each one.

Transportation and Storage
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Effect On The Spirit

 

It became apparent that the spirit benefited from storage in these casks with the sweet flavours from the wood being imparted into the spirit.

 

Our Single Cask Whiskies

 

We hold a range of hand-selected single casks from across the whisky producing regions held sitting and aging in our bonded warehouse in Scotland.

 

All our single malts are free from artificial additives or colouring and have not undergone the process of chill-filtration.