Cask Strength

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  • pallydun posted 11 months ago

    Aging does effect cask strength somewhat, but more to the point, its mostly about flavor.
    Whiskey used to go in at 100 proof. It no longer does. It goes in somewhere 110-120 proof.
    Accountants figured out if it went in at a higher proof, then they would get more bottles to sell when its bottled.
    What makes whiskey is the subtle changes of the whiskey going in & out of the wood. Sure some does evaporate, but that's partially because the casks are rotated constantly from hot & cold spots in the warehouse. Invariably some casks just seem to get in the sweet spot, neither too hot or cold. Just like baby bear's porridge, these are the casks you are looking for. When you choose your cask, you will sample several a lot alike, then if fortunate you'll sample one that seems more than the others. That's the one you want, you'll choose its strength or if you prefer it will be filtered at cask strength, & bottled in whatever brand you want. If you choose the strength you'll have a few more bottles, this is what most bars do. They charge a premium for a drink. If you want cask strength it will bottle at 107-114 Proof, some donate a few bottle for charity raffles. Would you buy a ticket for a chance of Eagle Rare 112 Proof? I know I would.

  • Audria Bohnker posted 7 years ago

    I like your Post and the alltimes good Informations.

  • Matty S posted 7 years ago

    I think it's mostly Marketing hype, like choosing the grapes to go in your wine.
    I imagine that after you painstakingly choose your barrel it then gets carted off & filtered & the proof is adjusted.
    You most likely wouldn't recognize it in a retasting. Then again it's a pretty cool thing to show off "Your" own personal barrel.

  • Noah Rothbaum: Editor-in-Chief, posted 7 years ago

    Hey C Foster-

    Good question. Every year a cask loses a bit of spirit to evaporation--it's called the angel's share. The rate of evaporation depends upon where the spirit is aging. Obviously, there is no problem with evaporation if the spirit is bottled. But unfortunately, once a spirit goes into a bottle it stops aging. Not only is the bottle airtight but the cask contributes a huge amount of flavor to the spirit. All spirits go into a barrel clear and come out brown.


    Noah Rothbaum

  • C Foster posted 7 years ago

    I had a fellow bartender ask me a question in reference to casks. Does aging effect the volume of the cask and is it a more price effective use than bottles? Any response would be appreciated.

    C Foster

  • Christopher Carlsson posted 7 years ago

    You forgot to mention Rick Wasmunds Malt Whiskey (smoked with apple and cherry wood) which sells barrels of spirits and barrel kits starting at 2 liters up to 5 gallons at very competitive prices.

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