Palo Cortado Sherry is a type of sherry that, when authentic, is quite rare. Palo Cortado means "cut stick" in Spanish, which refers to the barrel mark -- a downward slash marking barrels set for the Fino program, and a mark through it perpendicular for Palo Cortado.
Traditionally, Palo Cortado sherry happens when the flor - the yeasty scum that forms on top of Fino sherry, fails for some reason. The resulting sherry is stuck between the reductive style of Fino and the oxidative style of Oloroso. Alcohol is added to these barrels to bring them up to 17.5% alcohol.
Because the failure of flor cannot be predicted, true Palo Cortado sherry is very rare. It is now common to blend Amontillado and Oloroso sherries together to mimic the flavor profile of Palo Cortado.
Palo Cortado sherry is full bodied and round enough to pair well with dinner, with seafood paella working quite well.
Some popular cocktails containing Palo Cortado Sherry
- Conquistador (Jennifer Contraveos) — Rum, Palo Cortado Sherry, Falernum, Orange bitters, Lemon juice
- Holy Smokes — Blended Scotch, Bénédictine, Palo Cortado Sherry, Bitters, Lemon peel
- New & Improved Sherry Cocktail — Palo Cortado Sherry, Bitters, Absinthe, Maraschino Liqueur, Grade B maple syrup
- Murder County — Bianco Vermouth, Palo Cortado Sherry, Reposado Tequila, Grapefruit bitters, Orgeat, Grapefruit peel
- Sherry Jungle Bird — Palo Cortado Sherry, Campari, Oloroso sherry, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint