We have been buying various whiskies finished or matured in casks, butts and barrels of varying sources for some time now.
There is the ale cask, Islay cask, port pipe, Sauternes cask, Madeira, Chenin Blanc, Côtes de Nuits, herring barrel ... blah, blah, blah [etc, etc, etc].
Now that the practice has been warmly embraced (more or less), what is your favorite non-bourbon wood whisky?
Grant's sherry wood finish is a big improvement on the standard variation as is the Famous Grouse Port wood finish.
A rotten finish is Dufftown 17 yr old matured in Sherry Wood. It's like biting into a burnt welly.
While the port finish is one of my favorite glasses ,the madeira wood lacks complexity and length of finish.
Their sherry wood finish is nice but
Definitely try Glenmorangie port wood.
It manages to integrate port notes and spiceness.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ize:
Only thing missing here, would be traditional butter or herring barrels ... eh, herring was mentioned already in first posting. Seriously thinking, I can't figure out reason for rum cask for instance.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
does anyone know if anyone has ever matured or finshed another spirit in an ex-Scotch barrel? Springbank finish rum??<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I was closer than I thought! On going to Cadenheads to get some Campbeltown Loch 25 y.o. before it all goes, I came across Cadenheads Green Label 10 y.o. Demrera Rum matured in an ex-Laphraoig cask. Beezer! Call me a sucker for a gimmick, but I had to get a bottle.
DEMERARA RUM 10Y/O 46% (MATURED IN AN EX
Nose: Cinnamon, very sweet peat with a Christmas pudding pungency. A Hint
Of smoking leather.
Palate: Surging sweetness. Marzipan flavours almost overwhelmed by sugared
Almonds. A hugely satisfying finish that is peppery and slightly phenolic.
Slightly off topic, I once did a whiskey tasting for a load of medical students - while I discussed various wood finishes I overheard one guy pipe up 'Ah, a Macallan Diamond White finish, then.'
It was difficult to finish the conversation after that.
of the (not so many) whiskies I have tasted, the Lagavulin and Talisker Distillers Editions are hard to beat, best integrated I ever came accross, adding a dimension to the already outstanding standard bottling.
Biggest disappointments are the Glenmorangie sherry, port and madeira finishes. I simply prefer the 10yo and Cellar 13.
Lately Signatory has released Port finishes of Laphroaig and Coal Ila in their un-chillfiltered series. I think they're delicious, the fruity accents will fit well to the coming warm and sunny days of summer.
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