It’s a wet and windy day here on Islay but we hope to brighten the mood by announcing our second limited edition release of the Original Cask Strength expression. Bottled in 2014, the first edition was matured entirely in ex bourbon barrels, this, the second edition, has been matured for over six years in quarter casks and bottled at cask strength (56.9%).
Roughly a quarter the size of a 500 litre butt, Quarter Casks allow for increased whisky to wood contact within the barrel compared to larger conventional cask types. This increased wood contact creates pronounced caramel and vanilla character in this expression. The combination of these smaller casks and the fruity, peat smoked Kilchoman spirit is remarkable.
95 quarter casks were vatted to produce just over 12,000 bottles of this limited edition at natural cask strength of 56.9%abv. The Original Cask Strength will be available worldwide from next week.