Casks, Casks, Casks!

Jul 17, 2023 | News

If you haven’t guessed by now, we are a bit cask mad at Murray McDavid.

With over 120 different varieties of cask resting in our traditional dunnage whisky warehouses alone, we are passionate about delivering a variety of flavours and exciting drams to savour.

To be called Scotch whisky, spirit must be aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks. In most cases, the spirit will be kept in the same type of cask for its whole life. As an independent bottler, we take the spirit and transform it into a delightful dram through the process of secondary maturation – also known as cask finishing. We call this the Art of Maturation.

We acquire casks from all over the world – from the beautiful botegas of southern Spain to the rugged remote shores of Islay, with many luscious landscapes in between, working with producers to source wood of the highest quality.

Throughout our history, we have strived to challenge the status-quo of the Scotch whisky industry. Established in 1994 by London wine merchants Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and Springbank Distillery’s Gordon Wright, Murray McDavid were one of the first producers of Scotch whisky to adopt the process of secondary maturation, gaining a reputation for creating interesting whisky through a variety of cask finishes – especially in fine wine casks.

Around 75% of a whisky’s flavour will develop from the cask and we are passionate about creating drams with balance, personality and uniqueness. While some people enjoy the fruity, opulent influence of sherry casks, some may enjoy the sweet, creamy influence of bourbon casks. There truly is a dram for everyone from Murray McDavid.

From our latest core range release, we have an array of special drams to aid in your exploration of flavour…

We created the Cask Craft range with individual tastes in mind, to help people explore the wonderful world of secondary maturation.

Let us know what your favourite cask finish is below:

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