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What is Cask Strength (aka Barrel Proof)?

The ABV of a whiskey during its post-distillation maturation in its cask, or barrel. Part of the concept is that the consumer gets the unaltered whiskey at its fullest flavor, which can be diluted to individual taste. In most cases, the only difference is price and water between a regular strength and cask strength. Elijah Craig [...]

By |2016-10-29T09:38:47-04:00October 29th, 2016||0 Comments

What is “New Make”?

New make is the spirit that comes from the final distillation process prior to going into a barrel. Other names that you might hear are "White Dog", "Moonshine" or "Clearic".  We have added moonshine into this category since many new distilleries sell new make first under this moniker. In the past Moonshine has been the designation [...]

By |2016-10-28T17:32:22-04:00October 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments

What is Double Wood?

Most recently popularized by removing the distillate from the original barrels and aging, or finishing, in different barrels for a short time prior to bottling. In the case of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, the distillate was taken from original virgin oak barrel and finished in a new virgin oak barrel to enhance some of the [...]

By |2016-10-28T14:57:04-04:00October 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments

What is Peat or Peated?

A process, primarily in Scotland, where the wet grains are forced to germinate by roasting them. The process of peating is using  peat (a partially carbonized vegatation found in bogs) as a fuel source that is abundant in Scotland. The aromatic smoke from this process adds flavors to the grains and ultimately to the spirits.

By |2016-10-28T13:57:15-04:00October 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments

What is Proof or ABV?

ABV stands for Alcohol by Volume which is the amount of alcohol that is in a spirit or beer as a percentage of volume. If you double the ABV, the results are the Proof of Alcohol. For example, 40% ABV is equal to 80 Proof.

By |2016-10-28T13:45:34-04:00October 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments

Should I swirl my whiskey before nosing it?

No, you should not. Most people swirl their whiskey because they have seen people swirl their wine to see the "legs". Those tear drop formations on the side of the glass are actually alcohol adhering to the glass as it evaporates. When you swirl your whiskey, this alcohol evaporates faster and emits more of a [...]

By |2016-10-29T07:52:10-04:00October 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments
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