For many years, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd. has experimented in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies. The research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more interaction between the wood and the spirits over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid "melding" of wood, air and alcohol.
As an example, after a certain amount of years of maturation in an oak butt, Duncan Taylor further matures the whisky in an ex-sherrywood octave cask - an octave cask is one eighth the size of a butt. There is significant difference to the resultant whisky after it has been invigorated in an octave cask, it has added depth, smoothness and balance, which is usually the outcome of long and nurtured development.
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd. are now proud to present the Octave™ Cask range, the culmination of many years spent refining this unique maturation process. The whiskies in this range are exclusive examples of good whiskies taken beyond all exception to become rich, complex and wise beyond their years; they have become 'Octave Invigorated™'.