10 Year Old
10 Year Old Whisky
Whisky is matured in casks in order to develop its taste. This is why many whisky lovers prefer an older malt as opposed to young. 10 year old whisky is extremely popular, most likely due to double digits generally being understood to signify a benchmark. At The Rare Malt Whisky Company, we stock many 10 year old malts from a variety of brands.
Age Statement of Rare Malt Whisky
When it comes to rare whisky, age statements are extremely important in determining the quality and value of each bottle. Although whiskies throughout the world may differ slightly, Scottish whisky stipulates a minimum age period of three years. The age statement represents the number of years that the liquid was ageing in the cask before being bottled. Due to the length of time it takes for malt to mature, the most typical age of a good whisky is 5 to 10 years old. It is important to understand that some of the whisky in the bottle may be older than the stated age, but none of it will be younger. Therefore the age statement is a minimum age declaration.
Casks Used to Age Whisky
The cask used to mature malt whisky holds equal importance to the length of time that the whisky is matured. The size, age and number of time the cask has been used previously are factors that affect the taste, quality and value of the famous Scottish beverage. For example, it is broadly understood that first-fill casks will mature whisky faster, and possibly better than a cask that is almost at the end of its life. It is also known that in most cases, better tasting whisky has been matured in the cask for at least 10 to 20 years. Naturally, older whiskies can be more expensive, therefore 10 year old whisky is a popular choice as it is more affordable yet high in quality.