Bourbon Barrels used for scotch maturation.....

  • MaltNut
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    Does anyone know if there are any favorite or "preferred" ex-bourbon barrels used for finishing by distilleries in Scotland???

  • SlàinteMhath Member SlàinteMhath Joined: 09.10.2016Posts: 134CollectionOslo Whisky ClubRatings: 162
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    MaltNut said:

    Does anyone know if there are any favorite or "preferred" ex-bourbon barrels used for finishing by distilleries in Scotland???


    Ex-bourbon barrels are rarely used for a 'finish' - that more applies for Oloroso or PX sherry casks. Are you referring to the actual source of the barrels, such as Buffalo Trace?


    Most ex-bourbon casks are flatpacked and shipped to Scotland where they are reassembled in places like the Speyside Cooperage. Barrel volume normally changes from about 180-200 l (bourbon) to 250 l hogsheads.


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    Here you get an impression from the Speyside Cooperage:


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    @MaltNut

    Bourbon barres used for finishing are so rare. More common is the virgin oak finishing,

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    I don't think Scottish distilleries make much fuss about the source of their bourbon barrels. It usually depends on the contractual relationships they have in place. Most are happy just to have a steady supply of fresh bourbon barrels, regardless of source. Some Kentucky distilleries do air dry their barrel staves for longer periods than others, but I can't believe that makes much difference for Scotch maturation after the cask has been used to mature bourbon.


    You will usually only see finishing in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels as an attempt to mask immature spirit or compensate for primary maturation in tired casks.



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