Our Selections for Sherried September Treats

If you’ve been thinking about breaking out the sherried whisky from its summer slumber, you’re in good company. We’ve got a whole bunch of ace sherried whiskies to enjoy during the chillier months…

As the fiercely mild September weather continues to cause a polite ruckus outside the window, we’re diving into autumn head-first. Everyone is wearing about five sweatshirts. We’ve spruced up the halls of MoM Towers with decorative gourds. Nobody is daring to go outside to forage lunch items for fear of frostbite and the bite of frostcrocodiles. It’s all very thrilling. However, none of this compares to the excitement of unearthing our favourite sherried whiskies from the cupboards where they sheltered from the harsh rays of the sun.

If you haven’t yet reintroduced sherried whiskies to your selection of possible postprandial tipples, we highly recommend you do so. Should you need any suggestions, we’ve already got a finely-pruned listicle of superb sherried expressions ready for you to marvel upon with your eyes as wide as dinner plates. In fact, you’re already reading it. What’s up now, huh?

Balvenie

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

15 year old single malt from a stunning Speyside distillery, fully matured in sherry casks and bottled without blended any casks together. Punches you in the mouth with sherry, but in a nice way.

Glendronach

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

GlenDronach is known across the land for its heavily-sherried whiskies, and the 18 Year Old Allardice lives up to the tales told. Spending 18 years in Oloroso sherry casks has imparted this whisky with loads of fruitcake and chocolate notes, and even a hint of Sauternes wine if you’re lucky.

Macallan

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

Macallan is another distillery renowned for its use of sherry casks, and if it’s sherried goodness you’re after, the Sherry Oak range is an obvious port of call. I mean, there’s no Port cask in there, but you get what I’m going after, right? It’s well sherried. Corrrr. Yeahhhh.

Auchentoshan

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Something a little different here – Sherried whisky from the Lowlands, a region known for more subtle expressions. This one from Auchentoshan doesn’t quite fit that theme. It’s drawn from Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bourbon casks and Oloroso sherry casks, resulting in plenty of dried fruit yumminess.

Bowmore

Bowmore 15 Year Old

Previously known as Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest, this excellent Islay single malt is finished in Oloroso sherry casks, which imparts a sweet juxtaposition to the classic coastal salinity of the whisky. Bit like how sweet and salty popcorn is the obvious choice when choosing what to eat while watching ‘Cast Away’ for the third time this year.

Redbreast

Redbreast Lustau Edition

It’s not just Scotch whisky producer that have access to sherry casks – plenty of sherry casks make their way over to Ireland too, and the Redbreast range of single pot still whiskey is known for richly sherried treats. This one even features whiskey finished in first fill Oloroso sherry casks from Bodegas Lustau for a year. Enjoyably specific.

Highland Park

Highland Park 25 Year Old

Maybe not quite as heavily sherried as the rest, but this 25 year old single malt from Highland Park makes good use of its sherry casks (and bourbon casks), clear from the 100 points out of 100 it received at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Tamdhu

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

Tamdhu is not a distillery to look to if you’re not a fan of sherried things. If you are a fan of sherried things, then by all means gaze upon the glory of the Tamdhu 10 Year Old, matured exclusively in sherry casks. Fancy bottle, too. Ideal.

Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

This is a blog about sherried whiskies, so obviously we were going to have to talk about Glenfarclas. The time is now. Whiskies from Glenfarclas are jam-packed with sherried goodness, to the point where you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking them as liquid Christmas cake. The 15 Year Old is a great example.

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