Recently the Toronto Whisky Society was privileged enough to be visited by Victoria Caledonian Brewery and Distillery. They are a newer brewery and distillery who have been making beer and whisky for quite awhile.
The whisky that is being made by Victoria Caledonian is called Macaloney’s Victoria Caledonian Mac Na Braiche – STR Cask. Well, without the STR cask. And no, that doesn’t stand for “Strength” and you don’t have to roll a d100 after you go above 18.
The STR cask is an ex Portuguese red wine ‘barrique’, picked specifically from the late Dr. Swan, master whisky cask person. It’s known as less rich than an average sherry cask, but was used to allow more whisky notes from the new make to come through. This isn’t the first time someone has done something like this: Kavalan Vinho Barrique and Glenmorangie Milsean are other examples as well.
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