Whyte & Mackay’s master whisky maker, Gree Glass, is implementing a new Scottish Oak Program that seeks to use native wood in spirits maturation. “The Scottish Oak Programme seeks to inspire change within the Scotch whisky industry,” Glass said. “We want to champion the potential home-grown oak offers the spirits industry, and the incredible diversity of flavor it offers the whisky maker. Through experimental whisky maturation and analytical trials, we can assess how the different variables... can impact the flavor of the resulting whisky and there is a myriad of exciting flavor profiles to explore.”
The Scottish Oak Program will work with local estates, sawmills, and coopers to supply native woods for the program. The brand plans to introduce its first expression part-finished in Scottish oak, "a 10-year-old Highland malt called King of Trees."