Before filling, bourbon casks are set on fire for up to a
minute, leaving a charred black layer. This opens
up the grain, as well as creating a very simple filter.
And thanks to U.S. law, all bourbon is aged in brand new
oak casks. From forestry workers in the Ozark National
Forest in Arkansas (where much of the American Oak is grown), to
coopers, this keeps plenty of people in work. It also means a ready
supply of casks for Auchentoshan.
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To the eye
These charred casks are dark to begin with - and lend their
colour to our whisky as it matures, especially during the first 12
To the tongue
Charring caramelises the wood sugars - and these leech into the
maturing Auchentoshan, giving a characteristic vanilla flavour.