I have a couple of casks(not really just to make an example) and some of them are below 40% and others above.
The final % of vatting is above 40%.
It's legal whisky or as a distillery I'm obliged not to use spirit under 40%?
Lawrence wrote: Although the age is then dirived from the youngest cask in the group.
Which is one of the reasons that some bottlings containing a high proportion of very old sms - the original The Glenlivet Archive from the 1990s springs to mind - have no age statement. If an age statement had been added, it would have to have been that of the small amount of relatively young TG that was added to the vatting to get the strength up to 40 pc abv or more, thus giving the consumer the impression it was pretty run-of-the-mill stuff.
The old TG Archive No-Age was a pretty tasty dram, imo.
Iain wrote:Which is one of the reasons that some bottlings containing a high proportion of very old sms
This is an exellent way of reducing the strength of a malt.
I think Springbank once did that to reduce the 100proof for the USA market. But I'm afraid they don't do it anymore.
It's a pity that most malts are reduced by adding water IMHO.
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