W.H. Dry Sack

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Dry Sack is a popular brand of sweet, blended sherry, produced since 1906. Especially the Netherlands and Germany are fond of this type of product, but also in the rest of Europe you’ll find it in many supermarkets. The UK and USA prefer the Cream style which holds even more sugar.

Blended sherry is a composition of different types, in this case AmontilladoOloroso and Pedro Ximénez wines. Dry Sack is slightly different in the sense that the mixture is returned to a solera after blending. The grapes for Dry Sack are taken from Williams & Humbert vineyards in the Jerez Superior area (Pago Balbaína and Pago Carrascal).

The label Medium means it is sweetened, in this case to around 30 g/l. It used to be called Medium Dry but don’t focus on the confusing “dry” part – it’s fairly sweet indeed. You can drink it on its own, as an aperitif (although I prefer dry wines to increase my appetite) or as a gentle digestif. Another suggestion is to turn it into a spritzer (with Canada Dry for example) or a cocktail (try vermouth).

Williams & Humbert are quite famous for this kind of “married blends”. The blend is produced quite early in the process and the composition goes through a solera system to mature further. No doubt it helps to integrate the flavours and produce a more harmonious result, rather than blending mature wines that aged separately. They even produce very old premium blends in the same way, for example the +/- 30 years old Amontillado blend As You Like It.

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