We wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the different types of whisky casks available and how they can affect the maturation of whisky.
One of the most influential processes that define the taste of whisky is the type of wood it’s matured in and the size of the cask. Of course the length of time the whisky matures within the cask for is very important, however the type of cask also plays a crucial factor. This is because the wood of the cask adds the various different complex notes and flavours to the distilleries character, which is already in the new made spirit. Different casks offer different flavours.
Below is a guide of different sizes and types of whisky casks we often refer to here at EW&W.
To put it into perspective within a small cask, the ratio between the whisky to cask wall is higher than in a larger cask. The larger cask has the less contact between the whisky and wood, making the whisky maturation process slower.
Cask size is used as a form of measurement and also plays an important factor in cask collecting as it indicates approximately how many potential bottles each cask can produce.
Please get in touch if there’s a specific whisky cask you are interested in and if you would like to talk to a member of our team in more detail.