Sustainable Use of Casks

30 May 2012

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Scotch Whisky must by law be made in Scotland and matured in oak casks for at least three years. Casks play a pivotal role in maturation, imparting flavour and a golden colour to the whisky.

Casks will have already been used and emptied before being filled with spirit for Scotch Whisky maturation. Casks are then re-used three or four times until they are no longer serviceable, a working life of several decades. Forests supplying this oak must be operated sustainability to ensure supplies and improve the environment.

Sadly, oak forests have historically suffered from over exploitation for a variety of uses. Nowadays, however, oak forests are expanding. The market for oak, including cask manufacture, is an incentive to properly manage these resources.