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What does natural cask strength mean?

What does natural cask strength mean?

WHAT DOES ‘CASK STRENGTH’ MEAN? Rather than referring to any process the whisky has gone through, cask strength refers to what has not been done. Most whiskies are brought down to a standard percentage of alcohol by volume, or proof, by adding water to the spirit before bottling so that each batch is consistent.

Is single cask whiskey better?

Single malt whiskey has grown a reputation for being a higher quality spirit than blends. This has led to a misconception that they are also smoother and more flavorful. That malted barley form of whiskey, aged for years in an oak barrel, produces that classic Scottish single malt scotch.

How strong is cask strength whisky?

between 60 to 65 percent
Cask-strength whiskey is bottled from the barrel, completely unadulterated (meaning it hasn’t been diluted with water) and is generally between 60 to 65 percent ABV.

Is edradour a good whisky?

Edradour 10 Years is decent sipping whisky. The nose is fairly standard and unassuming, but the palate kicks everything into gear and carries a richer character that keeps it from dwelling in the doldrums of whiskydom.

Should you water down Cask Strength whisky?

The best way to enjoy a higher-proof whisky is with water. It’s how our distillers drink it, and you should never be afraid to dilute your whisky to suit your personal tastes. Add room-temperature water or an ice cube, whichever you prefer – just be careful not to over-dilute.

Why is cask strength more expensive?

1) WHAT: Cask Strength is the whisky straight from the cask. This is more expensive for both the producer and the consumer because the product is more concentrated and the distiller get’s fewer number of bottles to sell out of a single cask. You, the consumer, get more whisky (same volume, but more actual whisky).

Why is single cask whisky so expensive?

Casks spend years in the warehouse, maturing into a single malt. An aged 30-year maturation can have 30% to 40% of the alcohol evaporated in the barrel, or over 1% each year of the whiskey’s life. So older whiskies are expensive not because they’re old, but because they are rare.

Is single cask better than single malt?

Some people further insist that cask strength is superior as it gives you complete control over how much you dilute your whisky. Single malt is probably the most popular among connoisseurs for its high-quality and full-bodied flavor at a slightly more favorable price point.

Is Uigeadail a cask strength?

Uigeadail (pronounced, believe it or not, “Oo-geh-doll”) is named after the loch from which Ardbeg sources its water. The whisky is a vatting of standard Ardbeg from ex-bourbon casks (supposedly the 10-year) with some quantity of sherry-aged Ardbeg. The result is bottled at cask strength.

How do you dilute cask strength whiskey?

Add small amounts of water to the whisky until you like the taste. Look at the cylinder and note how much water you have added. For example, if you start with 2 ounces of 100 proof whiskey and add 1/2 an ounce of water, you end up with 80 proof.