SHERRY FIN­ISH­ING

The Peak (Malaysia) - - High Spirits -

Sherry is not only ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its own re­vival, but has also set off a hot trend in the world of whisky. Re­fill sherry bar­rels have been used in the mat­u­ra­tion of whisky for cen­turies, but some of the finest sin­gle malt pro­duc­ers are turn­ing to first fill casks – casks that have aged sherry but are be­ing used for the first time to ma­ture whisky – to bring dis­tinc­tive flavours to lim­ited-edi­tion whiskies.

Talisker, the old­est dis­tillery on Scot­land’s Isle of Skye, has just re­leased its ex­cep­tional TaliskerBode­gaSeries: 40YO, which is fin­ished in casks that pre­vi­ously aged Bode­gas Del­gado Zuleta’s award-win­ning 40-year-old Amon­til­lado.

“The five casks have been hand­s­e­lected by Del­gado Zuleta’s mas­ter cooper (a cooper is the per­son who makes the casks) to of­fer the best ex­pres­sion of the sherry,” says Don­ald Colville, Global Malts Am­bas­sador at Talisker.

As the casks have been used only for sherry, the wood strongly re­tains the flavours, which in­ter­act strongly with the whisky, adding waves of fruit and sweet­ness to Talisker’s trade­mark pep­per. There’s rich raisin, peaty aro­mas and a fruity smok­i­ness. When us­ing a first fill cask, even a day can make a dif­fer­ence to the flavour and aroma of the whisky.

Only 2,000 bot­tles of the Talisker Bode­gaSeries:40YO have been pro­duced, priced at around GBP2,750. Lim­ited num­bers of bot­tles will soon be avail­able in the Asian mar­ket.

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