I never thought my question would have received such a response,
After reading all your postings, I still strongly believe that wood does expand and contract with the changing weather where it is stored.
Just remember this, if over 60% (70%??) of whisky escapes from the cask while maturing, then I am sure it's surroundings are absorbed into the wood and also the liquid contained inside. These are not medical air tight compartments, they are wood and wood breathes.
It would be interesting to compare an Ardbeg malt matured for it's full live on Islay to the same matured in Speyside???....do you think it would taste and smell the same?????
Another point someone on the forum made was regarding all the points distillers make about what they do and don't do,
It just takes some common sense.
Caramel, Yes it makes it pretty to look at but who cares
If it does not change the taste only the color, then we should all stop talking about the color as it now is gone to the dogs.
If color is such an important part of enjoying the drink then LET IT BE!!
And stop adding color
I agree here that the taste is affected by chill filtering.
You want to keep as much flavor in there, unless you want a light
flavored drink, (Have a lowland)
All this color and filtering is due to moron drinkers who don't care or don't appreciate the quality but care if there Scotch gets cloudy with ice, water etc....OH BOO HOO HOO drink it NEAT:roll:
. And let me tell you if I love the smell and taste of a Scotch but the color happened to be too light, then DEAL WITH IT!!! Really, who say's "Man I just loved the smell, taste and great long finish..but man...that color was no good for me..NEXT DRAM!
Well I have had my fun here and I do appreciate all the input I received from both my questions. I was asked where I am from.
I was born and raised in New Brunswick Over here in Canada
I am very familiar with the sea, fish, and whisky. For those who do not know, New Brunswick is a Maritime province just next to Nova Scotia filled with logging Fishing and lots of Drink!!! They even have a whisky Distillery called GLENORA