Like us, many whisky fans adore whiskies that have been matured in ex-sherry casks. So why don't we start talking about the sherry?
Sourced from Bodegas Baron, a 480 year old producer with a very modern outlook, this Oloroso wine will be used to season our oak casks in Sanlucar De Barameda, in the heart of Jerez in South West Spain, before we ship them to Scotland to fill them with whisky.
Sherry plays a crucial role in transforming the character of many of Scotland’s best-loved whiskies, and this sherry will enhance ours. So we thought it should be savoured and enjoyed while we wait for our whisky.
Edinburgh’s Port of Leith was once the epicentre of Scotland’s whisky trade.
Casks of sherry arriving into the harbour would be decanted into locally manufactured bottles. Whisky merchants then bought up the empty casks to store their spirit in the dozens of bonded warehouses that once lined the shore. They soon discovered that it transformed their spirit and a major innovation in whisky production was born on our doorstep.
The palomino grapes for sherry are grown in vineyards in Jerez in the South of Spain. They are fermented like any other wine.
The wines are then fortified with grape spirit and matured in 'Solera' warehouses in the towns of Jerez and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Historically, full casks of sherry were shipped to Leith and then decanted into locally-made bottles. Whisky merchants then used the empty casks to mature their spirit.
They realised customers came back for the sherry cask-matured whisky. A new tradition in Scotch production was born, and it began in Leith.
Finding the right sherry producer was essential to us. The quality of their wine and casks will have a very significant impact upon our Single Malt Whisky, and we wanted to build a lasting relationship with like-minded people.
Bodegas Baron is a family owned bodega in Sanlucar De Barameda. Founded in 1631, they have a thoroughly modern approach in what is a very traditional region, a value shared with the Port of Leith Distillery.
However, it was after tasting our way through their treasure trove warehouse, tucked away in the centre of the town, that we knew we had found a life-long partner for our whisky.
Fresh, complex and with a remarkable intensity of flavour, it took all of our self-control not to include their jaw-dropping Manzanilla, delicate Fino and beguiling Pedro-Ximenez in our launch.
We are temporarily unable to sell direct to consumers. For trade enquiries about stocking our Port of Leith Distillery Sherry, please contact us at email@example.com