Scottish Oak barrels for Scotch?

Scottish Oak barrels for Scotch?

Did you know that there are only a couple scotches that have actually been aged in Scottish Oak? Seems like a pretty obvious thing to age your whiskies in locally grown oak. We, thankfully, in the U.S. still have a good supply of American oak (though most good American oak timber is “kept safe” in Nationally preserved forest east of the Mississippi), but it seems the English had a pretty serious naval ship building campaign that made Scottish Oak hard to come by… There is only one working cooperage in the UK and that is Speyside Cooperage located in located in Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland. They use American oak to make their casks… About 97% of scotch is aged in used bourbon barrels. Because new charred American oak barrels can only be used once,...