Many scotch whiskies are aged or finished in sherry casks, but not all sherry casks are the same. Rachel Barrie, master blender for BenRiach, GlenDronach, and Glenglassaugh, sat down with senior whisky specialist Susannah Skiver Barton to explain the differences between whiskies matured in oloroso versus Pedro Ximénez (PX) casks. Do your own comparison with GlenDronach 12 year old and 18 year old—can you taste the different sherry influences?
Whether you’re making an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or another cocktail, which whiskey you choose will have a major impact on the outcome.
Whisky Advocate’s 2019 Top 20 is set to be revealed. The countdown to Whisky of the Year starts on November 25.