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  • It depends on the Bottling

    11 26.19%
  • Doesn't matter It's going to say Barrel Proof or they can keep it

    14 33.33%
  • It's been Barrel proof a few hundred years , time to move on

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Thread: Barrel vs Cask

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    Barrel vs Cask

    The interest in the other thread got me to wondering why the bottling got denoted Cask Strength rather than Barrel Proof. So If it turns out that cask strength catches on who is going to buy it.

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    I'd certainly prefer it say 'barrel' than 'cask' -- because I think that's most accurate to and among bourbon traditionalists -- but mostly I prefer it be good bourbon. I'm not going to let the label keep me from buying it any more than I let the label coax me into buying it (unless, of course, it says "George T. Stagg").

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    There's a certain Rhett Butler quote from "Gone With The Wind" that comes to mind regarding this whole issue . . .

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    Not sure if you are implying that as Americans we should intentionally avoid the product because of the misuse of terms (possibly done to fool single malt drinkers into giving a try)? Or exactly why the words should matter? As TN said, what's inside is what counts.

    The Balvanie 15 states "Single Barrel" on the bottle. Curiously I believe the barrels used are bourbon in origin and also curiously - it seems to be accepted by bourbon drinkers who generally have little or no use for "foriegn" whiskies.

    At this rate I'd expect the Bourbon Police to roll up to Islay any minute now with a court order for Laphroaig to cease and desist with using the term "Bourbon" Wood... being that they brag about their best whisky coming out of re-used Jack barrels.

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    What's the legal definition of bourbon, again? It has to be aged in a charred oak CASK for a minimum of 4 years?

    This is more fun than a cask of monkeys.


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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    Better yet, this is like shooting fish in a cask.

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    So someone with a large, round build might be called "cask-chested".

    A piano player with a rollicking, boogie style might play caskhouse piano.

    A really funny guy (or gal) may become a cask of laughs.

    Or the punchline to a very old joke changes to "Thursday night? That's your night in the cask."

    Yours truly,
    Dave "I've Got a Million of 'em!" Morefield

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    Stop it, Dave -- you're casking me over!

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask

    To tie this to another thread of yours . . .

    If you can afford it, you'll save a lot of money avoiding financing for your new car and paying "cash on the cask-head".

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    Re: Barrel vs Cask



    I see I missed one!

    We must be getting close to the bottom of the cask by now.

    Even so, this thread just keeps casking along.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

 

 

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