What is barrel strength whiskey

Cask Strength Whiskey: Enjoyment with extra strength

What is Cask Strength Whiskey?

This is an English term made up of two words: "cask" means "barrel" and "strength" means "power". Cask Strength can literally be translated as barrel strength. The American counterpart to this is called Barrel Proof Whiskey. The Americans call the barrel a "barrel" and give the alcohol content not in percentage by volume, but in a corresponding value of "proof". Either way, it means cask strength whiskey. But what exactly does that mean? The term drinking strength describes how many percent by volume the alcohol content of spirits such as whiskey is. It is usually between 40 and 47%. But sometimes it's higher, more than 50 or 60%. In this case, you can be almost sure that it is Cask Strength Whiskey. Where does the higher alcohol content come from?

This is how Cask Strength whiskey is made

The name explains the phenomenon: after distilling the fermented grain mash, whiskey is a high-proof spirit with 60 to 75 percent by volume. Before it can officially call itself whiskey, it must then be stored in oak barrels for at least three years. Then it is reduced to the standard drinking strength with filtered water or special, pure spring water - regardless of whether it is a single malt or a blend. This ensures consistent standards and makes the spirit pleasant to drink.