While brand new American oak casks are required to make Bourbon whiskey, used Bourbon butts are far more common in Scotland. Distillers will tell you that’s because the used barrels impose less oak influence on the whisky, but Glen Garioch Virgin Oak dispels that theory. The oak is there in herbal, cinnamon and vanilla flavors, but it’s plenty balanced by savory, dark-roast malt notes and violet fragrance.
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This story appears in the print issue of April 2013.
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