When Scotch Whisky meets wood, there’s magic. Invisible, secret magic. You can’t have a good whisky without a strong spiral of oak wood holding it fast.
When it goes into the barrel, Scotch is clear. It draws its colour and taste from getting to know the cask. And the cask’s secret history will infuse itself in the scotch. Bourbon. Sherry. Port. Wood is also porous and breathes in the surrounding climate, which gives the whisky another dimension to its flavour and aroma.
And while the scotch and wood take time to get to know each other better, the quantity of spirit in the barrel diminishes over time, at a rate of about 2% per year. This is fondly called the “Angel’s Share”. Lucky devils!