There are many factors that influence the character of a Single Malt Scotch Whisky, but one of the most important of all is the cask maturation. In fact, many recent studies have concluded that this accounts for more than 50% of the final flavour and aroma of a whisky.
The Scotch Whisky industry offers an incredibly dynamic and varied world of cask maturation, making it both interesting and full of different taste experiences. Scotch Whisky producers have individual cask management systems and each cooperage (cask maker) produces casks slightly differently, therefore it is only possible to provide a general guide to the different types of oak cask whisky is matured in, but we have put together a simple graphic below to outline some of the different casks used used to mature Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
If you would like to learn more about cask maturation and how it can influence whisky then visit the Cask Influence section of the Discovery page to find out more.
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