Sherry is a fortified wine from local distilleries, traditionally made with local grape varieties from Andalusia, Spain. After being fortified with brandy distilled from local wine grapes, sherry typically ages in three steps within oak barrels. The first step involves fortifying the local grape varietal to between 15-18% ABV and aging it oxidatively under the "flor" layer for up to four years in venerable local bodegas. The next steps involve deepening the range of flavors until reaching 18-20% ABV, before blending various wines together to create unique styles of craft sherry. Sherry is neither too sweet nor too strong, making it an ideal accompaniment to cocktails and other drinks. From light Fino or Manzanilla and nutty Amontillado to heavy Pedro Ximénez or Oloroso and a variety of Cream Sherries, each style offers a unique flavor profile ranging from purely dry to decadently sweet. For those looking for something out of the ordinary, there are now many whiskey distilleries producing specialty sherry cask-finished whiskeys - perfect for enjoying on their own or as part of an inventive cocktail.