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Old Dec 31, 2006, 8:44 PM   #1
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The Makers Mark distillery. It was pretty rainy today and we just made the last Sunday tour until March 2007.
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Old Dec 31, 2006, 8:47 PM   #2
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Shut me in and lock the door.
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Old Jan 1, 2007, 8:39 AM   #3
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I don't know, Bill. What's down there in the dark area when the door gets closed.:shock: Looks like a spooky place. But, I guess once you break open the kegs you don't care what's in there with you.
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This has to be an imbibers delight.

Wnes, whiskeys' and rum are stored in these casks until their time has come. How come, beer never makes it to these casks?

Aloha and thanks for this series on the fine art of distilling.
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This has to be an imbibers delight.

Wnes, whiskeys' and rum are stored in these casks until their time has come. How come, beer never makes it to these casks?

Aloha and thanks for this series on the fine art of distilling.
Thanks Selvin.

Beer doesn't make it to these casks but Scotch Whiskey does. After spending six years holding Makers Mark Bourbon the used casks go to Scotland where they are used to age Scotch.
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not sure how many self-respecting Scotch distillers would resort to used casks, especially ones used to hold bourbon...
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selvin wrote:
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This has to be an imbibers delight.

Wnes, whiskeys' and rum are stored in these casks until their time has come. How come, beer never makes it to these casks?

Aloha and thanks for this series on the fine art of distilling.
beer is a brewed beverage, as opposed to distilled. beer needs no aging, andis generallybottled and consumed within a relatively short time. if it's not bottled "fresh", the yeast can keep working and ruin the beer. i'm not sure 12-year old beer from a wooden cask would even be drinkable!

distilled liquors, on the other hand,need aging to smooth them out, mellow the flavor, etc. some must be a certain age to besold. Scotch, for example, cannot be sold as "Scotch" if it's less than 3 years and a dayold.some distilleries in Scotland won't sell anything less than 12 years old. the betterAmerican whiskies are also typically aged 7-12 years.
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not sure how many self-respecting Scotch distillers would resort to used casks, especially ones used to hold bourbon...
On the contrary. Nearly all Scotch whiskey is aged in used barrels. The cheapest Scotches are aged in non-wood containers then moved to used casks only at the very end to provide a "wood finish." The fact that the barrels have been used to age other liquors is what gives each Scotch it's distinctive flavor. Some people prefer a port barrel, others wine casks, but most Scotch is aged in Bourbon barrels because a whiskey cannot be called Bourbon unless it is aged in a new White Oak barrel, so there is a plentiful supply of these barrels available from North America.



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