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Elements of Islay Sherry Cask




Whisky Review: Elements of Islay Sherry Cask

Tasting Notes:

109 proof (54.5% ABV), 750ml MSRP $109.
Pale amber.
Fruity and spicy with lush floral notes
The palate offers light smoke, spice, and savory fruit notes that keep it from being too heavy.
Very tasty and well-balanced, with a vibrant flavor profile that has a nice sea salt to spice ratio that’s rounded out nicely by smooth fruit notes. All of which pleasantly linger in a smoky, medium to long finish. This has an approachable and intriguing depth of character that makes this a unique whisky experience, offering something more than the traditional Islay whisky flavor profile.

Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Elements of Islay Sherry Cask is one of three new expressions released by Elixir Distillers to become available to the US market in March of this year. The other expressions within this range include their Elements of Islay Cask Edit and Elements of Islay Bourbon Cask. Essentially, these expressions are a re-imagining of Elements of Islay’s core range of blended malt whiskies. Each expression is produced through the use of different elements of maturation, which, according to the brand, are “aimed at curious whisky drinkers who have a desire to experience, taste and explore the unique flavors of Islay.”

Elixir Distillers is a London based independent blender, bottler, and creator of fine spirits. As stated by Oliver Chilton, Elixir Distillers’ Master Blender in a prepared statement, “We’re very excited to present a new, re-imagined core range of whiskies for Elements of Islay. The rich, smoky flavors make this unquestionably elemental and a great start to the Elements of Islay whisky journey. The blend combines fresher, fruitier style of peaty Islay single malt from the north coast with a typical rich and smoky style from Islay’s south coast and has been matured in four different styles of casks to offer a complex but balanced whisky for enthusiasts and people looking to discover the incredible island of Islay.

“We already had an excellent reception in other markets and hope we’ll introduce more US-based drinkers to the joy of Islay whiskies.” 

Bottled at 109 proof, Elements of Islay Sherry Cask is a blend of single malt from an unspecified south coast Islay distillery. along with a fruitier style from an unspecified distillery on the north coast. It is a naturally colored, non-age statement whisky that’s been aged in first fill and refill sherry butts and hogsheads and is non-chill filtered. According to the brand’s tasting notes, you can expect dark chocolate notes along with dried fruit flavors, lemon oil, and smoke notes. 

Elements of Islay Sherry Cask review
We review Elements of Islay Sherry Cask, a blend of Islay whiskies that have been aged in sherry casks. (image via Impex)

Tasting Notes: Elements of Islay Sherry Cask

Vital Stats: 109 proof (54.5% ABV), 750ml MSRP $109.

Appearance: Pale amber.

Nose: Fruity and spicy with lush floral notes 

Palate: The palate offers light smoke, spice, and savory fruit notes that keep it from being too heavy. 

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is a former Dallas, Texas bartender of 15 years where she developed an appreciation for patrons with a healthy respect for great whiskey. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2019 where she graduated from Portland State University as an English Literature major with a minor in Writing. While at PSU, she served as the Arts & Culture editor for the college’s monthly magazine, The Pacific Sentinel, in her final term. She is a voracious reader, an outdoor runner, dabbles in photography, and adores classic jazz. Jennifer is always up for a whiskey and great conversation with old friends from Texas as well as the many new ones she’s made since relocating to Oregon.

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