The Best Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch To Sip On World Whisky Day – Forbes
The third Saturday of every May is World Whisky Day. Here’s some advice on how to celebrate accordingly.
Scotch is the most popular whisky on the planet. On average, 42 bottles of the beverage are exported out of the country every second. It adds up to about $6 billion in annual sales, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. The overwhelming amount of that liquid is of the blended variety—a mixture of grain and malt spirit. But connoisseurs typically covet single malt: aged spirit from malted barley, distilled at a single location.
And even more esteemed amongst that exclusive subset are the ‘sherried’ malts. These are scotches that have matured in barrels that once held the famous fortified wines of southwestern Spain. After years of slumber, this particular seasoning of oak lends the whisky hues of vibrant mahogany. In each sip the cooperage asserts itself with rich, dark fruit complexities. Yeah, that’s the good stuff!
Some of the most sought after names in scotch employ these massive, 500-liter sherry casks (known as butts) in their aging arsenal. The Macallan is a prime example. The famed