Whiskey is an amazing thing. Even if a distiller does the bare minimum required by law, the whiskey can rock your world. Seriously, a bourbon that just barely follows the guidelines to be legally called “bourbon” can be outstanding. So, when a distillery goes above and beyond, like, say finishing their whiskey in sherry casks, the booze can become downright transcendent. Sherry is a fortified wine from Spain, and scotch distilleries have been using old sherry casks to finish their whisky for hundreds of years. The practice is relatively new in the world of American whiskey, but rest assured, regardless of where the whiskey comes from, sherry barrels give the hooch an especially sweet note. A few months in former sherry barrels, and the whiskey becomes even more rich, even fruitier.
I couldn’t give a shit about sherry on its own—I’m just not that refined of a drinker—but tell me a whiskey has been aged in a sherry barrel and I’ll push down my own grandmother to get to the bottle. In that spirit, here are seven different whiskies finished in sherry that you need to seek out now. Grandmothers beware.