How does sherry casks make for the most refined scotch whiskies

Today, i would like to throw light on the maturation process of whiskies and how does casks play an predominant role in making refined scotch whiskies.

Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve, as we know is the only blended Scotch that is produced involving a triple maturation process.The whiskies are made by maturation process.

Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve is done by the triple maturation process which involves Grain whiskies and Malt whiskies separately matured in American Bourbon Casks and then blended together and matured again in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time to give the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish.

Whiskies are normally produced from barley,with are either grown locally or at times sourced from outside.They are then put in the Malting process for germination. Later, they are distilled to increase the ABV, which is the alcohol percentage of distilled beverage. This is measured by volume.Whisky matures over many years in casks of different origin. Which influences are there during maturation? Why do whiskies from an individual distillery sometimes taste so differently?

Numerous experts are looking for the taste substances with physical and chemical methods. Already the smallest amounts of them affect large differences in taste. That’s how sensitive our senses are. The scientists measure the different substances such as ester, tannins, lactones, etc. in ppm and ppb. In full: ppm = parts per million and ppb = parts par billion. That means: 1:1 million to 1:1 billion. Those are inconceivably small quantities. Perhaps a comparison helps using not amounts but time. 1 ppb corresponds to one second in 31.7 years. A nearly inconceivable small portion.


Small changes during the maturation process thus have an enormous influence on the later taste of a whisky. Let’s look at the wooden cask first, the most important component of the maturation process.

Sherry casks are usually larger than various other casks and come in several different sizes. A HOGSHEAD holds 250 liters, while a BUTT is twice that size with 500 liters.The vast majority of the casks are still barrels, hogsheads & butts.Just like the discovery of the significant benefits of maturation in oak casks, the magic of sherry was uncovered by accident.Scotland relied on oak trees from the forests of England for a long time, but at some point distilleries needed to find an
alternative source for their casks.


I am sure by now you know the importance of sherry casks and how prominent role it plays in making the most refined scotch whiskies.While sipping your Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve, just remember about the sherry casks.

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