Box American Oak can be said to be the inspiration to the series about the importance of oak that came the following year under the name Quercus. American Oak received great recognition among whisky connoisseurs around the world for its quality and maturity despite only 5 years in the warehouses.
The American white oak (Quercus Alba) is by far the most common species in the modern whisky industry. It became dominant in Scotland after prohibition period in the United States, when the oak forest owners alongside the coopers managed to push through a law that American whiskey (bourbon) may only be stored in barrels comprised new oak. The result was that lots of used oak barrels started to be shipped over the Atlantic.
With Box American oak, we wanted to investigate how to highlight the American white oak attributes with, careful cask selection and the use of new American oak (Virgin Oak). The result was really exceptional. After American Oak was presented to the market, praise poured in. Many thought that this was the absolute best that the distillery presented so far. A whisky with depth and many layers despite its young age.
100% peated whisky, matured first in 130 liter bourbon casks for 4,5 years then finished for 8 months in new 40 liter, heavily toasted, american oak casks, where the staves have been air dried for 26 and 45 months respectively.
Box American Oak contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered.
130 liter Bourbon casks (Quater Casks) are made from Bourbon barrels by Speyside Cooperage. 40 liter casks are produced by Thorslundskagge.
Until October 2014, our casks have matured in a damp warehouse, where they lost slightly more alcohol than expected. Since October 2014 until bottling, the casks have been maturing in a dry environment in warehouse number 3.
04/11/2016 the barrels were emptied into our blending tank. There we added water to reach the desired strength of 50,8% abv.
American oak was bottled between 07/11/2016 and 08/11/2016 providing us with 3941 bottles plus 184 bottles for use in ferstivals and tasting events.
We recommend that American Oak is allowed to breathe in the glass for a few moments to reach its peak. Add a few drops of water to help the aromas develop within the glass.
Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1
Unpeated malt: Pilsner malt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad.
Peated malt: Pilsner malt from Castle Maltings in Belgien as well as peated malt from Scottish maltsters.
Peated to a phenolic level 45ppm with peat from Scotland
Barely types: Henley, Sébastian
Process water: From Bålsjön, filtered through sand and carbon filters
Cooling water: From Ångermanälven
Batch size: 1200 kg malt / 6300 liter wort
Included batches: 115A-121A
Average fermentation time: 80 hours in stainless steels washbacks.
Distilled between: 22/08/2011 – 01/09/2011
Unpeated spirit: 13 minutes head (foreshots)
Peated spirit: 30 minutes head (foreshots)
Unpeated spirit: 67 % ABV (20°C)
Peated spirit: 60 % ABV (20°C)
Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 50,8 % ABV
Phenol content PPM: 45
Cask: 1st fill bourbon + new american oak
Number of Bottles: 3 941 st
Bottle Size: 500 ml
Price: 0 SEK