Black Snake Vat 14 - 3rd Venom, USA Exclusive
60.5% Alc/Vol - 121 Proof
This whisky is from a Vatting of casks of Single Malt Whisky. It has been finished in an Oloroso Sherry Butt - bottled without chill-filtration and there is no added colour.
Black snake starts its life in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. We then put three of them into new Oloroso or PX Butts and leave for about a year for further maturation before bottling two thirds of each cask. We call these casks 'Vats' as they are a kind of mini Solera.
After each bottling we add two more ex-Bourbon casks, always of the same whisky, and leave for around a year before again bottling two thirds of the Vat. All future bottlings from each vatting of Black Snake will therefore contain some spirit that was in the previous expressions from the Butt. From time to time the Butt is renewed.
Each time we bottle we call it Venom, as in the poison from a snake's bite. The first bottling from each Vat is called First Venom, the second bottling is called Second Venom and so on.