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Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Refill refers to the process of reusing the cask after its use as a “first fill“. These casks have already given much of their aroma compounds to earlier fillings of spirit and only a small amount now contribute to the final whisky flavour. Whiskies mature very slowly in these casks, allowing the very essence of the distillery character to be revealed. They tend to be light, delicate and with the aroma of the original spirit. This can be done a number of times until it is deemed exhausted and in need of rejuvenation.