Sherry Cask Whiskies
Everyone loves a rich, complex, spicy and nutty whisky. It is no secret that sherry cask whiskies tick all the boxes. They are sought after by people who are new to whisky and connoisseurs alike.
When it comes to deciding which single malt to go for it can be difficult to choose from the hundreds of brands available. Many people assume that, when buying a whisky, darker whiskies are older, richer, more complex and sherried.
Unfortunately, the Law allows the use of caramel colouring when diluting and bottling whisky. Some companies take advantage of this and add generous amounts of E150I (caramel colouring) to their whiskies making them look darker and misleading consumers.
We have chosen 5 different Scotch whiskies that were matured wholly or at least substantially in different sherry casks. Expect nutty aromas, sweetness and plenty of complexity and character from these recommendations:
This superb whisky was put together by legendary wine and spirits merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd. The whiskies in the blend were all aged in fine sherry cask from Jerez, Spain. Expect deep and rich notes of cocoa, coffee, over-ripe red berries and toasted oak. you won't believe the price!
The Glengoyne distillery goes to great lengths to source quality casks to age whisky. Wood is taken to Spain, barrels are made there and for three years Oloroso wine is aged in those new casks only to be discarded later. Only after the casks have been 'spiced' for three long years, then they are filled with precious Glengoyne spirit to mature. The 21 year old Glengoyne has notes of burnt sugar, cocoa, coffee and dried fruit. The palate is rewarding with dates, figs, cinnamon and dark berry notes. The 15 year old and 18 year old are also superb.
One of our all time favourites, this superb single malt was matured in two different types of sherry casks: Oloroso for nutty and dry flavours and PX for sweetness and spice. If you want more sherry influence, the 18 year old is a sherry monster.
Many people associate Islay whiskies with peat, iodine and lots of smoke. There is a reason for this of course, the peat giants of the whisky industry come from Islay. Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich whiskies however tend to be un-peated. The 18 year old is one of the most complex sherried whiskies out there. It has traditional sherry notes of raisins, cocoa and caramel with apples and a pleasant coastal note.
A phenomenal sherried whisky. Glenrothes is a big favourite among whisky enthusiasts given its buttery palate, its rich and complex flavours and of course, its sherried character. The entire range of whiskies was re launched not long ago. The 18 year old is probably our favourite here at Jeffrey st.
The Glenallachie 18 year old was aged in two types of sherry cask and ex-bourbon barrels. It has lovely notes of salted caramel, orange marmalade and creme brulee. The palate also shows some chocolate, plenty of spices including cinnamon and cloves as well as some nutty aromas. The entire range of whiskies from Glenallachie distillery is worth a shot.