Cocktails & Spirits 8

age of whisky

theginguy | Apr 17, 2008 05:37 AM

I have a simple question.

If I buy a bourbon or scotch that has let's say for example "12" stamped on it, representing it's age; what does this mean?

When we say that a certain whisky is 4 - 6 - 10 - 12 - 15 and so on years old, are we saying that it literally has been sitting in a cask for this many years?

The reason I ask, is that, I have always assumed this was so. If I buy a bottle of 10 year old whisky, then it's actually at least 10 years old.

But I was looking at the history on a local Virginia distilled single malt and they just came into business and bottled their first batch in 2006. Since then they made 10 batches and their product is on the shelf and is touted as being a good, smooth single malt whisky.

I'm thinking to myself.... what?? that doesn't add up. How can a single malt whisky made only two years ago be good and ready for sale?

Anyone have any info?

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