Our casks are crafted from European and American oak trees – a species called Quercus – cut into staves with the grain running at 45°, making it hard for any spirit to escape. It’s the same approach our Viking ancestors adopted when they built their longships.
Our casks are made in Jerez in the south of Spain where they’re filled with Oloroso Sherry and left to mature for around two years before being emptied and shipped back to Orkney. Expensive and time-consuming perhaps, but with casks accounting for between 60% and 80% of the final flavour of the whisky, well worth it in our opinion. The third release in our Keystones series, QUERCUS showcases the rich flavours of fruitcake and natural golden colours that come from maturation in first-fill European sherry oak casks.
Deep russet, clear and bright (average colour tint 37)
Rich spices | Dried fruit | Cedar wood | Cinnamon bark | Orange peel | Cocoa | Toasted wood | Light smoke
£75 (original RSP – now sold out)