Olly’s Sherry Forever—

I’ve created a sherry schedule so as not to miss out on the myriad styles from bone dry to sticky and sweet. I’ve recently invented “Sherry Wednesday” since it seems the perfect tipple to pour over the midweek hump – fortified power means a little goes a long way, sipping is slow and contemplation is compulsory. Tasting Barbadillo’s ancient ‘Reliquia’ sherry is particularly evocative – more than a century old, it’s liquid history. Sherry forever!

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Tesco Finest Cream Sherry (18%, 37.5cl ) £6. Liquid fruit cake, this is sublime served chilled as a teatime treat.

Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana (15%) £12.99 Waitrose. Serve ice cold for sherry’s answer to a dry martini.

Matusalem 30 Year Old Oloroso (20.5%) £19.99 MajesticDivine fruity extravagance to serve lightly chilled with a cheeseboard.

Barbadillo Reliquia Pedro Ximenez (22%, 37.5ml) £346 barbadillo.com. Historic! A jet of thick dried fruit to take your tastebuds into orbit.

SHERRY OF THE WEEK

Co-Op Irresistible Pedro Ximenez (17%) £6. Unctuous as date syrup, this dessert in a glass feels like endless indulgence.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 17th January 2021

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