Adam Spiegel
August 17, 2021 | Adam Spiegel

What is "Cask Strength"?

What does the term “CASK STRENGTH” actually mean? Drinking cask strength whiskey is like having a sip straight from the barrel itself. Typically water is added to whiskey prior to bottling in order to reduce the "Alcohol By Volume” (or “ABV”) and balance the water and alcohol, presenting a “smooth” drinking whiskey. This process also aids the whiskey’s appeal to a wider audience and is initial in creating a whiskey anyone can enjoy. Cask strength whiskey, on the other hand, is bottled straight from the barrel without any water being added, offering the drinker an unadulterated whiskey which, if they so choose, could be later adjusted with ice or water. 

Speaking of cask strength, the newest Sonoma Whiskey release is a Cask Strength Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon Single Barrel that is aged four years and has notes of chutney and stone fruit on the nose, with cherry cola and wet leather on the palate. This particular barrel is bottled at 119.8 proof. We recommend trying it neat first before adding any water or ice. If you use it in a cocktail, be prepared to use less than you normally would as a little bit goes a long way at almost 60% alcohol. 

This bottle was first released to Distiller Select club members, but is now available for purchase in our Whiskey Shop.


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