Paul A Jellis wrote:... I was in some slate mines in Cornwall that the navy used as a Rum store during WW2 and it worked for them.Cheers, Paul
Not to insult the "Senior Service" but, I used to party with the Navy and found they'd drink anything at all. Of course, so would the Artillery I belonged to, making it a moot point.
As for using caves, I don't think the temperature variations would be sufficient for aging, as temperatures seem to stay pretty much consistent through the seasons. The casks wouldn't "breath" sufficiently, thereby reducing the Angels' Share and it's positive benefits to whisky. (And we don't want to make the Angels testy now do we?)
the barrels need the dynamics of the seasons. The contractions of the wood in winter force the spirit into the wood itself, the expansion in summer releases the volatiles that winter extracted from the wood. A cave could be useful as astorage facility like a cold storage but it is not useful for maturing whisky. You would store whisky in a cool cave if you don ot want to change it much. On the other hand a 20 year old "cave matured" could be something quite interesting.
Come on, Arran Bruichladdich and Glenmorangie.
The other article that your link sent me to had this interesting tidbit when discussing the recent federal law allowing wine to be shipped across state borders from vineyards and retailers directly to consumers:
Wine Business Monthly wrote:In the long term, the ruling is likely to be cited in a new wave of lawsuits challenging other states' alcohol regulations.
That would be nice. Won't help international shipments, which doesn't help me get the European-only bottlings, but any relaxation in these insane regulations is a good thing for us.
Scotland has more sever weather than say Ireland eventhough they are quite close. As a result of the continental drift Ireland has very mild weather in general. We may not have great summers but we have very mild winters. Therefore we have a warmer climate than scotland and our whiskey matures more quickly. That is why we don't really have very old whiskey it just does take to well to long time spans in a cask.
Of course there will be exceprions but it appears once over 30years the whiskey is going down hill rapidly.
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