Apart from getting drowned in free whisky and travelling from festival to festival, one of the lesser known pleasures of a whisky blogger who takes his thing seriously is diving into the legalese of whisky laws and regulations.
Sometimes a tiny little word or phrase manages to catch your attention only after the second or third time you read through those carefully worded masterpieces of whisky literature. In the US whisky regulations I recently stumbled upon the term oak container.
‘‘Whisky’’ is an alcoholic distillate from a fermented mash of grain produced at less than 190° proof in such manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma, and characteristics generally attributed to whisky, stored in oak containers (except that corn whisky need not be so stored)
American whisky has to be aged in an oak container. Yes, you read right. No mention of casks or barrels, only the very generic word ‘container’. Of course casks are the logical containers for whisky and have proven to yield great results. But if your are feeling adventurous, you could also mature your whisky in a jug, jar, box or even in an old pirate chest, if you manage to seal it tightly.