Amontillado is a type of sherry that is fuller bodied and more rich than Fino, but still made in the reductive style. Amontillado starts out as Fino sherry, but is aged for a longer period of time so that it begins to oxidize and turn slightly brown. Amontillado sherry is typically pale in color, and while it retails some of the salty aromas of Fino, an additional layer of nuts and beeswax appear.
A subtype of sherry called "Medium" is made from Amontillado that is sweetened.
The famous Edgar Allen Poe story "The Cask of Amontillado" references the sherry. It is classically paired with soups, such as beef consomee, or turtle soup. It can also pair well with chicken or rabbit dishes.
Some popular cocktails containing Amontillado Sherry
- Jerezana — Amontillado Sherry, Manzanilla sherry, Sweet vermouth, Dry vermouth, Orange bitters, Vanilla syrup
- Suppressor #21 — Cynar, Amontillado Sherry, Chinato, Orange bitters, Grapefruit peel
- Sheltering Sky — Cognac, Swedish Punsch, Bénédictine, Amontillado Sherry, Bitters, Orange peel
- VALENCIA COBBLER — Amontillado Sherry, Triple sec, Celery bitters, Cherry tomato
- Importer — Añejo tequila, Amaro Montenegro, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Amontillado Sherry, Bitters, Orange peel
- Spirit of '76 — Apple brandy, Navy strength rum, Rye, Amontillado Sherry, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Orange juice, Lemon juice, Cinnamon syrup, Grade B maple syrup
- Improved Bamboo — Amontillado Sherry, Fino sherry, Dry vermouth, Bianco Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Absinthe, Bitters, Orange bitters, Orange peel
- Burnished Brass — Cognac, Amontillado Sherry, Bénédictine, Bitters, Lemon juice, Pineapple syrup, Lemon
- Summer Stalk — Rum, Amontillado Sherry, Rhubarb bitters, Lime juice, Rhubarb syrup
- The Smoked Palomino — Amontillado Sherry, Crema de mezcal, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, Club soda, Simple syrup, Lime