And the difference between an 'ACE' and a finish is, what, exactly? I've seen ACE in reference to Bruichladdich's malts, but I have yet to see what the acronym actually stands for. Absolutely Crap Experiment?
From the Glossary on the Bruichladdich website:
"Additional Cask Evolution. Controlled by Jim McEwan this is a very short period of extra refinement in French oak casks. Quercus Robar oak provides more complex and refined oak flavours, particulalrly 'grilled toast' nuances. In addition, a subtle fruitiness and tint may be derived from the cask's previous contents. We buy from the very top wine estates ensuring maximum quality. Being artisan, hand made casks, these are more than twice the cost of mass-produced American (Quercus Alba) casks. They take four years longer to make, have greater oak flavour and more variety of style. After a period of ACEing, initial oak influences are less dominant and the casks can then be used for long term maturation of new spirit."
Now I belive legally there is a minimum period a whisky has to be in a wine/port etc barrel to use the term "finish" and that this period is three months. As McEwan uses shorter periods at times (as little as six weeks in some cases, maybe less) a different term was needed.