The Single Cask
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CASK TYPE: Bourbon Hogshead
CASK NO: 1723-90
NO. OF BOTTLES: 249 Worldwide
180 exclusive to the USA
NOSE: Instant vanilla impact. Butterscotch, caramel, honeycomb with grassy notes and malted barley.
PALATE: Sweet and spicy flavours become prevalent. Cotton candy, peach, banana, cinnamon and nutmeg.
FINISH: Apples with the spices becoming herbaceous. Basil, mint and pine. Medium finish.
fun + facts
Only three natural ingredients are used in the production Single Malt Scotch Whisky: malted barley, water and yeast. These ingredients, coupled with the distillation and maturation in oak casks, create the wonderfully complex flavours formed in the spirit.
The classification of Scotch Whisky is protected by UK law, and the spirit must have been wholly distilled and matured in Scotland in oak casks for a minimum of three years.
The different categories of Scotch Whisky are outlined below. But even within these categories a dizzying array of whiskies, with varied and mouth-watering characteristics, is produced.
Scotland’s whisky distilleries all have their own slightly unique approach to producing whisky, creating a style of spirit that is individual. The type of barley used, water sources, terroir and the still shapes are just some of the factors contributing to a distillery’s distinctive style of spirit. However, the main process of making Single Malt Scotch Whisky is fairly universal and can be broken down into the seven stages outlined below.
THE SEVEN STAGES OF WHISKY PRODUCTION:
The Lowland located Cambus distillery started life as a mill that was converted into a malt whisky distillery in 1806. After thirty years two patent stills were introduced and the distillery began producing grain whisky. The distillery is now closed, ceasing production in 1993, with a cooperage standing in its place. Naturally closure has resulted in stocks of Cambus whisky becoming incredibly finite and highly sought after.
Single Grain Scotch Whisky doesn’t always get the same attention as its malt whisky counterpart and when casks of this quality are available that fact becomes all the more perplexing. The 25 year long maturation in a sherry butt has yielded quite simply stunning results for this whisky. An unparalleled smoothness and a breadth of characteristics so wide ranging that it will keep even the most experience whisky drinker endlessly intrigued.
Scotland’s whiskies are as diverse as the renowned geographical regions they come from. Due to the number of distilleries in Scotland and the variety of production and cask maturation methods, it is very difficult to encapsulate all that makes a regional style. Of course, the glorious result of this is that there will always be a wonderfully diverse spectrum of delectable whiskies to explore.
While the variation of whisky styles within each region is broad, each has a generally recognised style. Although each of these styles of whisky is different, they are all recognised as exceptional in their own right.