Kilchoman STR Cask Matured

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Cask type: STR Hogsheads

Vintage: 2012

Bottled: 04/2019

Strength: 50,0 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 14.500

Bottle size: 0,7 l / 0,75 l

Bottle code: 23.04.19 19/45

Distribution: worldwide


For May 8, 2019, Kilchoman announces the release of a completely new limited release, the “STR Cask Matured”. The STR Cask – the letters stand for Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring – is an invention of James Swan, who unfortunately passed away far too early. As an expert and consultant, Swan had a decisive influence on the planning and operation of Kilchoman Distillery in its early years. The inner surface of used red wine barrels is first shaved to create a new surface of fresh oak wood with low red wine saturation. This leads to a more subtle red wine note of the whisky stored in this cask than is the case with unprocessed red wine casks. The inner surface is then toasted, i.e. heated over a fire made from oak chips obtained from used cask staves. This leads to a caramelisation of the sugars and vanilines contained in the fresh wood. Finally, the barrel is then burnt out (re-charred) to ensure a high level of flavour extraction from the wood.

Anthony Wills selected 43 STR Hogsheads for the release, which had been filled in 2012. The whisky was bottled at 50% abv.