Distilling: Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #2
Since its launch in July 2020, Filey Bay STR Finish has become a big favourite of the team and customers alike.
Scooping up a medal or two at competitions, which is always great to see. However, the best recognition for any whisky, we believe is repeated purchases. There really is no better testament to what you’re making when someone finishes a bottle and wants to buy it again. Something we have seen a lot with this release.
As with the original batch, a primary maturation in bourbon casks has softened the whisky and allowed our signature flavour profile to develop while a secondary maturation, the finish, in Shaved Toasted and Re-charred ex-red wine casks has brought a wonderful deep colour and delicious red fruit flavours to the whisky.
Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #2 really brings forward the character from these unique casks. As the months and years have ticked by, oak and time have deepened the key flavours of this release revealing a complex whisky with red fruit characteristics making for a full and rich whisky.
What is STR?
The STR casks were pioneered by the late Dr Jim Swan, our mentor and friend. STR is an abbreviation for shaved, toasted and re-charred.
In basic terms, this process does exactly what it says on the tin. Once the red wine has been taken from the cask, the inside is shaved by a couple of millimetres. It’s then toasted with a small fire, followed by a more aggressive fire to ‘re-char’ the cask (basically burning the inside).
Without this STR process of these red wine casks, you would receive a huge influence of deep and bold wine flavours. Shaving the oak turns down these bold flavours introducing a more balanced red wine seasoning. Why char the casks if shaving them already reduces the flavours? The process of toasting and charring removes the intense tannins and brings out the sugars and notes of spice that we see in the end product.
Available online and in-store: Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #2.