Whisky Magazine Issue 100
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One of the greatest thrills I get is going into our distillery warehouses, there is always an attraction there for me. I suppose it's the unknown.
The cask is truly King and providing you have carefully selected the most compatible cask for your style of single malt you can create a spirit of exceptional quality. All you need is time, patience and you will be rewarded.
American white oak is the very backbone of the Scotch whisky industry, however for many years now the whisky lover has become more demanding for suitable alternatives.
One such alternative is sherry wood.
Oloroso, Fino, Amontillado and Manzanilla all have a part to play.
You need to know the character of the whisky first then source its most suitable sherry “partner”.
At times I feel I am working for a dating agency rather than a whisky company!
The whisky connoisseur today has never been more demanding. Gone now are the days for a simple 12 Years Old single name malt.
Even though we have many different cask expressions available to us, the Master Blender must never lose the central focus, the whisky's unique character. That must remain sacrosanct. He must always endeavour to retain as much of the original character of the distillery as possible.
During the years I have been fortunate to work with some of the most wonderful aged whiskies you can imagine. It is a slow laborious process but at the end of the day “all good things come to those who are prepared to wait.” There is no question, the c...