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Whisky Advocate On The Latest Offering From Cascade Moon

June 10, 2022

For a spirit to be considered whisky, it must meet a few basic requirements, among them that it can be bottled at no less than 40% alcohol by volume. This presents a challenge for Scotch whisky makers aging stocks for extended periods, as the temperate climate of Scotland causes proof to decrease over time. By contrast, the hot, humid summers of Kentucky, Tennessee, and elsewhere in the U.S. cause proof to increase over time as the barrels lose more water than alcohol.

However, nothing in whisky is an absolute, and barrels aging in the U.S. can sometimes see their ABVs decline. While checking samples for George Dickel’s single barrel program, Nicole Austin, general manager and distiller at Diageo’s Cascade Hollow distillery, discovered that barrels aging on the lower, cooler tiers of the rickhouse clocked in at 39.9% ABV. Rather than blending them away with higher-proof stocks, she decided to bottle them as the newest Cascade Moon release: a 15 year old Barrel Proof ($125).

Austin sees the release of Cascade Moon 15 year old Barrel Proof as a way to offer something universally approachable while challenging the notion that high-proof spirits are inherently more complex. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

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