Since 1947, the family owned Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Our skilled coopers and apprentices make and repair around 100,000 casks – barrels, hogsheads, butts and puncheons.
All our skill goes into making top quality barrels to meet the requirements and expectations of spirit-makers all over the world.
Our aim is to ensure that barrels become a modern spirit-making instrument by combining age-old craftsmanship and state of the art techniques developed by our Research and Development Department. This and our dedication to our services have gradually persuaded us to use a broader range of oak sourced from different areas and set up businesses closer to our suppliers and customers throughout the world. Our Kentucky office was started in November, 2010.
Although shipped across the world, many of the casks remain in America, providing a vital ingredient in Kentucky’s bourbon-making process.
BARREL FUN FACTS:
Barrel Fact 1: Oak is the only wood that can be used for casks as it prevents seepage whilst allowing the contents to breathe. There are over 50 species of oak growing worldwide but only a few are suitable; it can take up to 150 years for an oak tree to grow.
Barrel Fact 2: The origins of the coopers craft go back to prehistoric times over 5000 years ago. Our highly skilled coopers still use many of the traditional age old skills to restore and repair tired and damaged casks.
Barrel Fact 3: Cask can have a life span of up to 60 years, re-visiting the Cooperage several times for inspection and repair.
Barrel Fact 4: The quality and flavour of good whisky depends on water, barley, distillation and of course the cask in which it matures for at least 3 years. We at the Cooperage are masters of our craft and keepers of our heritage.