When you take it to the extreme, Diageo contribute some 30.3% of the overall output, with my pals at Edradour offering a miniscule %. Now moving on further, my favourite whisky? Impossible to say. But Mortlach at 3,800,000 and Dailuanine at 5,200,000, litres possibly my best two Diageo’s, saying that, not all goes into one bottling. On my desk at home lies an opened bottle of Edradour 2006 Madeira, in company with opened 2007 Sherry Rum, in addition to Port, Bordeaux and Oloroso finishes. Am I biased because they are close by me (half hour)? Not at all, I just happen to like their whisky – all of it – and always get a friendly welcome. I also wonder about how much whisky goes into Whisky festivals, competitions, how much is sent to the numpty bibleman? How much is spilt? Should be a law against this, but have seen this happen in so many bars. All my stats come by the Malt Whisky Yearbook and Ingvar Ronde.
When I state; “say there is an average of 400 litres per cask” It depends on the age of the Whisky, the size of the bottle selected and the strength (% alcohol) to bottle but usually between 300 – 450 bottles. I need an easy round figure to work with. Barrel approx. 190-200 litres, Barrique approx. 250-300 litres, Hogshead approx. 225-250 litres, Puncheon approx. 450-500 litres, Butt approx. 475-500 litres, Port pipe approx. 550-650 litres, Madeira drum approx. 600-650 litres.