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THE SMWS & SHERRY

THE SMWS & SHERRY

2024 is going to be a year of celebrating the Society’s approach to sherry-cask maturation. If you’ve been exploring the world of whisky for a while now, you’ll be aware that the huge variety of styles, sometimes with completely different characteristics, can make the generic term ‘whisky’ feel a little inadequate. Now prepare to have your mind blown by a dive into the world of sherry.

sherry cask-matured whisky

Scotch & Sherry: A Flavour Odyssey

Scotch & Sherry: A Flavour Odyssey is a new documentary from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society about the relationship between Scotch and sherry. We travel from our headquarters in Leith to the oak forests of Galicia and onto the Sherry Triangle in Andalucia to explore how the Society’s sherry cask-matured whisky gets its flavour, and meet the people who create both the casks and the sherry that goes into them.

There are numerous screenings planned throughout May including the Islay Whisky Festival and SMWS Members’ Rooms.

SHERRY CASK-MATURED WHISKY

Sherry casks are prized for the spicy, nutty and rich dried fruits notes that they can contribute to whisky, as well as a deep mahogany colour. There are notable variations depending on the type of sherry that was previously in the cask, from a dry oloroso to sweet Pedro Ximenez and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet smell of success

Sweet smell of success

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s first ever bottling in 1983 was a sherry-matured whisky from Distillery #1. Since then, we have bottled casks in their thousands, but as our dedicated programme to increase the volume and variety of sherry-matured whisky comes of age, 2024 is promising to be a celebration of sherry casks at the Society, with 12 months of flavourful whisky discoveries ahead of us.

SO WHAT IS SHERRY?

SO WHAT IS SHERRY?

There’s a lot to learn when you start your whisky journey. But sometimes you have to broaden your horizons and dive into a whole new world to understand a little more about what’s going on in your dram. If you enjoy a sherry cask-matured whisky, here’s what you need to know about the Spanish wine and how it’s much more than a sweet, creamy drink beloved by elderly relatives at Christmas time.

From Spain to Scotland

From Spain to Scotland

Learn more about the huge role that the Spanish wine has played in the whisky world. Gavin D Smith digs into Leith’s history with wine in general, and sherry in particular.

Scotch and Sherry

Scotch and Sherry

It’s 40 years since The Scotch Malt Whisky Society launched its first bottling list, with an 8-year-old Glenfarclas ‘matured in sherry casks – hence its rich depth of colour’, according to our inaugural offering (£13.45 at the time). Cask No. 1.1 is one in a long line of highly prized sherry-matured whiskies. But how did sherry, of all wines, become so closely associated with the finest Scotch?