Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

on 28/02/14 at 11:22 am

Spirits

indexWood is the single most important thing when it comes to maturation of liquor, including American bourbon, Irish and Japanese whisky or Scotch.

Before writing my article last month, I had just visited Jerez in the south of Spain to see the production of sherry casks that Scotch whiskies end up maturing in. I’d mentioned last month that this month’s article will focus on why sherry casks are so important to the maturation of Scotch and the flavours they impart to the liquor.

The single most important thing when it comes to American bourbon, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky or Scotch is the wood. Give a whisky maker a barrel he is not familiar with and he’ll probably end up with bad whisky.

Master whisky maker Dr Bill Lumsden is the man behind the wonderful whisky that ends up in a bottle marked with the name Glenmorangie. He understands wood to the point that his title of Doctor was earned from studying just that.