Whats to stop the bottler's simply bottling this cask as it is and call it a blend when in reality its 99.9% single malt. I would still happily buy that if I knew the identity of the 99.9% (and if it was cheaper as its a blend )
Newbie wrote:Surely they can get more money for a cask destined to be bottled as a single malt rather than for blending?
I think the negative impact from brand dilution outweighs the "single cask" or IB monetary gain. Most would argue that not all single casks are good, which is why Master Distillers get paid so much.
Plus, 95% (give or take) of the industry revenues are from blends (I know IWC knows the stats better than I, so some correction may be due) - take that away and the whole cost structure sizing for an individual distillery is thrown out of whack.
there was a 25 yo Balvenie from Cadenhead. If it is named Balvenie and labled as such then it is a single malt.
The IBs bought casks of distilleries who tea spoon today before the fashion of tea spooning became common. From this stock they can make independent bottlings. Quite old ones obviously.
But not anymore in some cases.
There is another way to prevent bad casks you made from tarnishing your good distillers name because some ill meaning independent bottler sells it (that being the reason given why they tea spoon at all).
Do not sell to IBs like Glenmorangie does.
Another one is not to make bad casks of whisky and sell them on, of course.
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