Port of Leith Distillery Oloroso Sherry from Bodegas Barón

A catch 22 in establishing a new Scotch whisky distillery is the requirement for the new make spirit to be matured for a minimum of 3 years in cask before release, while fending off a bank manager keen for his loan to be repaid. Rather than simply riding the the ubiquitous gin band wagon, the new Port of Leith Distillery being constructed in Edinburgh, have struck upon the idea of bottling the same Oloroso sherry to be used for seasoning their casks, sourced from Bodegas Barón in Sanlúcar.

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Tasting Entusiástico Manzanilla and Goya XL at Delgado Zuleta

Claiming to be the oldest bodega still active today, Delgado Zuleta’s story begins in the 18th century, passing through family hands and surviving mergers along the way. Widely known for their ubiquitous flagship Manzanilla, named after the  famous flamenco dancer Aurora Jauffre ‘La Goya’, Delgado Zuleta have today ventured into more innovative releases. Bottled under cork in a conventional clear glass wine bottle, their Entusiástico Manzanilla encourages people to enjoy as they would any other unfortified wine, and challenges the perception that sherry can’t age. Their sought after Goya XL needs no introduction.

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