How soon after it is distilled is whisky usually sold?

The normal practice is for the blender to buy the whisky as soon as it is distilled. It is then kept under bond in warehouses at the distillery to mature until the blender requires it. By law whisky must mature for a minimum of three years. although in practice the minimum age is much greater. After blending, Scotch Whisky is usually returned to cask and left for a further period of several months to allow the constituent whiskies to 'marry'. It is then bottled for sale.

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