Last - but definitely not least - are our ex-Port barrels. These casks are large (225 liters) and will offer new character to our whisky. Many mistake port for being very similar to sherry, but in fact their casks offer diverse flavour and colour.
About Ruby port
Ruby port is made for young drinking, so after fermentation it is usually matured in airtight steel or concrete tanks to prevent further oxidation. These airtight tanks prevent from oxidative ageing, which adds to the fruitiness of Ruby port.
Some Ruby Port, however, is matured in oak. We are quite lucky to have found these casks, as there aren’t many Ruby ports being matured in oak anymore.
Port casks are usually quite old and therefore lacking oak impact on the whisky. Sherry casks, on the other hand, add deep oak notes: Our port casks impart subtle, less oaky, fruity notes from the wine that has soaked into the wood.
We receive our casks with a minimum of three liters of Ruby port inside. This way the barrel will stay fresh and avoid drying out - the combination of old wood and grape residue is quite unique.
The barrels are made from French oak, which is typically subtler and spicy, offering textures of satin or silk.
The ageing process is affected by the quality and style of port. By using the younger Ruby port casks, we can achieve an interesting range of flavours.
It imparts a distinctivly sweet, dried citrus and fruity style. As mentioned above, port and sherry differ a lot in flavour; port adds a lot of fragrance and delicate notes of red berries, as well as intense dark chocolate.
By using ex-Ruby port casks, we can expect the final whisky to be rich in colour.
If you have any questions relating to our London Single Malt Whisky, or want to know more about the barrels we use, please get in touch. We are always happy to talk about our products and share the latest news from the distillery.