Barrels, Hogsheads, Pipes & Butts –Their Differences, Influences & History

April 25, 2022

by Gary Quinn

Whiskey is matured and finished in a confusing and ever-changing range of barrel types. Some of them are chosen for their convenience or cost while others are chosen to bring a specific flavour profile to a whiskey. The size of the cask, the wood it’s made of and the drink it matured before it was used for whiskey, all contribute massively to the final flavour, colour, texture and personality of the whiskey. 




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