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    How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    I don't mean first fill bourbon then scotch....actual new barrels - virgin - filled with whisky?

    Regs simply state:
    "which has been matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres, the period of that maturation being not less than 3 years;"

    Ardbeg Alligator is the only one that comes to mind:
    http://www.ardbegproject.com/alligator.shtml

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Glenmo Ealanta is another.

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Seems to be some experimenting here and there, the next new thing perhaps, but I don't see anything like a movement in that direction.

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOldKyDram View Post
    Glenmo Ealanta is another.
    Ah, not familiar with that one. Good write up: http://www.whiskyadvocateblog.com/20...angie-ealanta/

    http://www.glenmorangie.com/our-whiskies/ealanta
    Last edited by Jono; 06-03-2013 at 09:20.

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    And the whisky ain't bad either!

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    I don't mean first fill bourbon then scotch....actual new barrels - virgin - filled with whisky?

    Regs simply state:
    "which has been matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres, the period of that maturation being not less than 3 years;"

    Ardbeg Alligator is the only one that comes to mind:
    http://www.ardbegproject.com/alligator.shtml
    Alligator is a vatting of virgin oak aged along with reused cooperage whiskey.

    There have been a number of virgin oak finishes: Deanston, Benriach and Glendronach have done them.

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    Alligator is a vatting of virgin oak aged along with reused cooperage whiskey.

    There have been a number of virgin oak finishes: Deanston, Benriach and Glendronach have done them.
    Finishes only or aged exclusively in virgin oak?

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Finishes only or aged exclusively in virgin oak?
    Finishes.

    There are many examples of partial ageing in new oak casks and/or new cask ends (new make filled in used casks then transferred to new casks). There are also many examples of fully matured whisky in new oak casks mixed with whisky aged in used casks.

    Filling new-make from Scotland into in new oak is not rare. What's rare is Scotch (either single malt, or blend) that spent all its life in new oak released as such. Glenmorangie Ealanta being the rare example.
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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Quote Originally Posted by portwood View Post
    Finishes.

    There are many examples of partial ageing in new oak casks and/or new cask ends (new make filled in used casks then transferred to new casks). There are also many examples of fully matured whisky in new oak casks mixed with whisky aged in used casks.

    Filling new-make from Scotland into in new oak is not rare. What's rare is Scotch (either single malt, or blend) that spent all its life in new oak released as such. Glenmorangie Ealanta being the rare example.
    Right, that is what I was getting at...a Scotch born and bred in newly charred virgin oak as with bourbon.

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    Re: How many "first fill - virgin barrel - Scotch whiskys"?

    Balvenie did one for their annual 17 year releases. Deanston also has a fully matured virgin oak release. I know I saw another one the other day, but I can't recall. I'd say they're somewhere between uncommon and rare.

 

 

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