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Postby ScotchPalate » Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:25 pm

Anyone know what type of wood and char is used in the Oban Distillery to make Oban 14 year?

I just got the Oban 14, and I like it. I'm curious as to whether sherry or bourbon casks are used (or both) and what type of char.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:36 pm

I think they use arctic char. (Ooh, another great finish for Glen Googly.)

I don't believe that Scotch distilleries use degrees of char in the same manner as bourbon ones. To my knowledge, they only char casks after they scrape them out prior to a fourth of fifth fill, in a last attempt to get a bit more use out of an old cask. I can't say I'm 100% certain about that, and invite correction (oh yes! I've been a bad boy!). In any case, I've never heard of them talking about levels of char in the same way bourbon distillers do.
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Postby karlejnar » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:57 pm

My guess is "scotch hogshead". That means they brake down 5 bourbon barrels for remaking 4 hogsheads. They use new wood for the heads, so normally they "season" the casks with grain whisky for 5 years.

That's what they do with Talisker (and Dalwhinnie and Lagavulin), so Oban being a Diageo distillery, and they seem to prefer hogshead's, I would guess it's the same type of cask for the std 14yo.

As Mr.T explained, they don't char the staves. But maybe they char the new heads.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:08 pm

The Distiller's Edition uses Sherry casks, but I expect the normal 14 uses bourbon.

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