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The English Sherry Cask

3rd October 2023
The English Distillery add a Sherry Cask single malt to their core range.

The English Sherry CaskThe English Distillery has announced the release of 'The English Sherry Cask', its inaugural sherry-matured single malt release into the core range. This landmark addition underscores the commitment of England's oldest registered whisky distillery to craft the England's finest single malt whiskies and share them with enthusiasts across the globe.

Hand-bottled at their Norfolk distillery, The English Sherry Cask is an unpeated single malt whisky that has undergone a complete maturation journey within PX sherry casks, resulting in a what the distillery says is a long-awaited and extraordinary expression.

Described as having aromas of luscious dark fruits, imparted by the sherry-infused casks, meld with notes of raw honey and vanilla, leading to a palate sensation characterized by sweet toffee, cherries, and digestive biscuits. The outcome is a meticulously balanced and luxuriously rich whisky, with the wood influence elegantly complementing the overall profile.

With an alcohol strength of 46% ABV, no chill filtration and naturally coloured, this no age statement whisky now joins "The English Original" and "The English Smokey" to elevate the distillery's core range.

Established in 2006 by farmer James Nelstrop, who sought to fulfil a lifelong dream, the distillery embarked on its whisky-making journey under the expert guidance of the renowned Master Distiller Ian Henderson. In their dunnage warehouses, they began laying down whiskies with a singular mission: to produce world-class single malt whisky. The whisky is crafted using locally sourced barley, including that from the Nelstrop family farms. Every facet of the distillation process, from milling and mashing to distillation in traditional copper stills, maturation in premium oak casks, and meticulous hand bottling, takes place within the distillery itself.

"After a mere 17 years of distilling, we finally have just enough stock to add a Sherry cask matured single malt whisky to our core range," explains Chairman Andrew Nelstrop, Jamesí son, part of a 20 strong team at the picturesque distillery in the Norfolk district of Breckland.

"This is a momentous step for the distillery and a big milestone as we continue to demonstrate the skill of our distillers and the depth of our maturing stock."

The English Sherry Cask has a RRP of £60, the new addition will sit alongside The English Original and Smokey (RRP: £47.50 each) all of which will be available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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