The Final Cut Islay
Adding water to whisky
Distilleries sometimes cut their whiskies with water before bottling. This makes the whisky taste the way they think is best. And that's OK in principle; adding water can be an important part of enjoying whisky.
Why add water to whisky?
Cask strength whisky can have a high percentage of alcohol. Adding a little water removes any alcohol prickle it might have and allows the whisky to open up. As the whisky relaxes, it unlocks more flavour molecules; which means you’ll be able to enjoy more aromas and pick out new tasting notes.
We want to put you in control of that process with The Final Cut, which gives you everything you need to create your perfect dram - cut to your taste. These limited edition sets are available exclusively from The Single Cask.
The Final Cut Islay whisky set includes:
100ml of 12 year old single cask Caol Ila whisky, bottled by The Single Cask at cask strength of 57.8%, without chill filtration or added colour.
A Glencairn, whisky’s official glass which is designed to help you nose whisky and fully appreciate its complexities.
100ml of Uisge Source Islay spring water, drawn from a private well near the Caol Ila distillery specifically selected to match the chemistry of the Islay water used to make the Caol Ila whisky.
A glass pipette, so you can control the exact amount of Islay spring water you want to add to your cask strength Caol Ila, drop by drop.
How to add water to whisky?
To make the final cut, pour a measure of your cask strength whisky into your Glencairn glass. Take a sip neat and see how you find it. Add the Uisge Source spring water drop by drop, using your pipette. Try and see what aromas and flavours you find. Repeat until you find the exact amount of water that makes the dram perfect for your tastes.
Tell us about your perfect dram
Everyone is different. We’d love to hear how much spring water you add to your whisky. Please share a photo on social media telling us the number of drops you’ve used - don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #MakeTheFinalCut. We’ll be doing a few prize draws throughout the year, so you could even win some free whisky!
For us, one of the best aspects of a good single malt whisky is its ability to bring people together. So when we created our bottles we wanted to design something that felt like a decanter - meant to be passed around a group of friends, new and old, as they enjoy sharing a dram together.
Our bottles have a good weight to them, making them feel substantial and giving them the presence a good whisky deserves. We've offset the label, so that the whisky is centre stage; it shows the natural colour of the liquid clearly and proudly.
The label clearly and transparently shows you all the key information, including: the nature of the liquid (for example, single malt scotch) where it was distilled; how old it is; and how strong it is. All our liquids are natural colour and non chill filtered.
Packaging: All our bottles are shipped in a specialist anti-shock 'air tubes'. These create a sleeve of air around the bottle to keep it safe and protected while in the post. The air tubes are then places in discreet, plain, cardboard outer boxes.
UK shipping: We offer next-day delivery as standard, and you will receive a tracking code so you can monitor the progress of your delivery. The postage cost is a flat fee, so you can order as many bottles as you like for the same postage price.
EU shipping: Rates are calculated automatically on check-out, and shipments are sent using the major international delivery firms. You will receive a tracking code so you can monitor the progress of your delivery.
US shipping: The laws and process do vary state by state, but we ship to the 20 states we're able to:
Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Washington DC, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming.
We use a specialist shipping company which takes care of not only the delivery but also US duty charges and paperwork; this makes it nice and easy for you! The US stage of the journey is by FedEx and a tracking code can be supplied if you contact Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rates are calculated automatically at checkout, and please bear in mind that the price covers both delivery and US duty.
Rest of world: We're pleased to ship to a large number of countries, with rates calculated when you check out. You will receive a tracking code so you can monitor the progress of your delivery. Please remember, there might be local taxes you could need to pay in your country.
COVID update: We are pleased to be able to continue shipping whisky to your door. All our operations are done in a COVID secure manner with health and safety of utmost importance. While we endeavour to ship as quickly as possible, the reduction in flights between countries has impacted airfreight; this means some international orders may take a little longer than usual.
For large orders or help: Please contact Ben (Ben@thesinglecask.co.uk) if you have any questions, or need help placing a large custom order.