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Knowledge of whisky barrels

2022-02-09

    For whisky lovers, whisky flavor 60% to 70% comes from aged oak barrels. Knowing what kind of oak barrels the whisky was aged in than knowing the year of the whisky, can get more information, but also a better understanding of the actual flavor of a whisky.

Kind of oak barrels

    Common varieties of oak barrels:Qoercus albaQuercus robur

Mainstream oak barrels

Gorda700L

Made of American white oak, originally used in the American whiskey industry, mostly used to blend whiskey from different casks, then put into Gorda barrels to rest and blend for a period of time, so that the quality of the spirit is more stable before bottling, but also directly used to age whiskey or sherry.

Gorda barrel 700L

    Sherry Butt480L~600L

Made of European oak or American white oak, it is widely used for aging Spanish sherry and is the most common type of sherry cask used by the whisky industry.

sherry cask

    Puncheon480L~500L

The capacity is comparable to that of a sherry barrel, but the shape is shorter and fatter, with a shorter barrel and wider diameter.

Puncheon barrel

    Hogshead(230L~250L)

Said to be the weight of a pig and so named, it is one of the most common cask types used in the whiskey industry for maturing sherry or bourbon, made from European oak or American white oak, or possibly both.

    Barrel(180L ~200L)

Also known as American Standard Barrel, made of American white oak, widely used in the aging of bourbon and Scotch whisky.

Goalong cask

    Quarter Cask45L~50L

    Also known as Octave or Firkin, the capacity is one quarter of the American bourbon barrels, because of the small capacity, the maturation speed is fast. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is first aged in American bourbon barrels, and then changed to Quarter Cask for secondary maturation.

Quarter Cask

    Many distilleries use specific oak barrels, and the Goalong Group - the first Chinese single malt whisky distillery in China, the Goalong Whisky Distillery in Liuyang, also specializes in customizing the oak barrels of Goalong Whisky, aspiring to create a unique flavor of Chinese whisky with Chinese characteristics.

Goalong distillery factory