It can take some time to develop a taste for whiskey. But we have a shortcut. While there are plenty of bottles out there that are good for newbies, we’re partial to those finished in sherry casks. The extra aging adds roundness while the sherry wood imparts depth and fruit-forward flavors. If you're trying to get into whiskey and don’t know where to start, these four sherry cask-finished bottles are some of our favorite ways to kick off a whiskey obsession.
Stranahan’s Sherry Cask ($80)
Denver-based distillery Stranahan’s has a cult following—especially when it comes to their yearly Snowflake release, which is personally blended by master distiller Rob Dietrich. This fall, Stranahan’s announced the latest expression to join their family of Rocky Mountain whiskeys: Stranahan’s Sherry Cask. After aging Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt for four years in American white oak barrels, distillers finish the whiskey in 500-liter oloroso sherry casks. The result is an easy-to-drink, spicy-sweet spirit that smells of overripe cherries and leather with a honeyed fig flavor and smooth, spiced brown sugar finish. This spirit is best sipped neat, with a drop or two of cold water, in front of a crackling fire.