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CHESTNUT WOOD Single Malt Whisky 59% abv 50cl Robertsons Exclusive

Chestnut Wood Whisky – The story of the illegal, forgotten, cask. –  Tony Reeman-Clark

During the early days of Strathearn Distillery, there was lots of experimentation and research into the history of Whisky and how it had developed. Casks were simply the packaging of bygone years and everything was used from ex-wine casks to ex-salted herring barrels. The latter obviously with limited success! Besides the previous contents, a huge influence on the spirit was the type of wood from which the cask/barrel was made.

By chance, a supplier was found that could make casks out of nearly anything, so we ordered Apple and Cherry wood, but also Acacia, Mulberry, Juniper, Pear and Chestnut. The latter being very common in Europe. New-make, single malt, was put in them all for a short period of time and a range of Uisge Beatha, water of life in Gaelic, was released in small bottles to educate and show the impact of the wood on the flavour development of spirit.

Alas, wrath from all sorts of Agencies rained down on us, as we had sailed too close to producing a ‘whisky’ that was less than 3 years old and not in an oak cask. Despite not calling it whisky. 14 products removed from the market and a thriving new export business stopped dead in its tracks.

At Strathearn, Chestnut wood casks produced some of the best spirit and won great accolades at any show we took it to. But then it was always less than 3 years old and never for sale. On my son’s birthday in July 2017, a chestnut wood cask was filled with peated new make and forgotten about. And when I left Strathearn, it finally escaped with my other casks and came with me. It is nearly 4 years old; it is full of single malt new make, it is slightly peated, it is awesome, but it can never be called Scotch or bottled in Scotland – as that would be illegal.

I founded Strathearn and made Whisky and other spirits to educate and share the experience of quality spirits with others. It was all about the experience. As much as I would like to slowly drink this cask myself, I want to continue the tradition of sharing. To enable that, I’m going back to my roots in the North East and will take the cask to be bottled at a friend’s distillery in England. It can never be Scotch, which is fare enough, but it can be Whisky; distilled in Scotland, matured in Scotland but driven over the border to Geordie land for bottling as English Whisky.

Welcome to Chestnut Wood, lightly peated, cask strength Whisky. The one and only cask in the entire world!

There are only 159 bottles.(Read More)

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£96.00

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Chestnut Wood Whisky – The story of the illegal, forgotten, cask. –  Tony Reeman-Clark

During the early days of Strathearn Distillery, there was lots of experimentation and research into the history of Whisky and how it had developed. Casks were simply the packaging of bygone years and everything was used from ex-wine casks to ex-salted herring barrels. The latter obviously with limited success! Besides the previous contents, a huge influence on the spirit was the type of wood from which the cask/barrel was made.

By chance, a supplier was found that could make casks out of nearly anything, so we ordered Apple and Cherry wood, but also Acacia, Mulberry, Juniper, Pear and Chestnut. The latter being very common in Europe. New-make, single malt, was put in them all for a short period of time and a range of Uisge Beatha, water of life in Gaelic, was released in small bottles to educate and show the impact of the wood on the flavour development of spirit.

Alas, wrath from all sorts of Agencies rained down on us, as we had sailed too close to producing a ‘whisky’ that was less than 3 years old and not in an oak cask. Despite not calling it whisky. 14 products removed from the market and a thriving new export business stopped dead in its tracks.

At Strathearn, Chestnut wood casks produced some of the best spirit and won great accolades at any show we took it to. But then it was always less than 3 years old and never for sale. On my son’s birthday in July 2017, a chestnut wood cask was filled with peated new make and forgotten about. And when I left Strathearn, it finally escaped with my other casks and came with me. It is nearly 4 years old; it is full of single malt new make, it is slightly peated, it is awesome, but it can never be called Scotch or bottled in Scotland – as that would be illegal.

I founded Strathearn and made Whisky and other spirits to educate and share the experience of quality spirits with others. It was all about the experience. As much as I would like to slowly drink this cask myself, I want to continue the tradition of sharing. To enable that, I’m going back to my roots in the North East and will take the cask to be bottled at a friend’s distillery in England. It can never be Scotch, which is fare enough, but it can be Whisky; distilled in Scotland, matured in Scotland but driven over the border to Geordie land for bottling as English Whisky.

Welcome to Chestnut Wood, lightly peated, cask strength Whisky. The one and only cask in the entire world!

There are only 159 bottles.

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