Old gold, faintest trace amber, legs.
Quite young, still saline traces of flor, touches of hazelnuts and almonds, well rounded with an attractive hint of bitterness, traces linseed oil and the slightest hint of honey.
Dry but not austere, tangy, quite light and young but has some complexity, a sort of bitter hazelnut praline along with the salinity from the flor and a slight memory of yeast autolysis, quite gentle and very elegant.
Somewhere between 10 and 12 years old when tasted but now stated as being 12 on the label, this is really a Fino-Amontillado, using Tio Pepe as the base wine which is transferred to a specific 700 butt solera. The term Fino-Amontillado is no longer legal. The name of the wine originates in the name of a vineyard which was one of the first bought by Manuel Maria Gonzalez from a man called Andres Botaina (AB). It is a very useful style which is dry but not aggressively so, perfect for a multitude of palates and for those new to Sherry. Best served slightly chilled, but warmer than a Fino, it would go with all sorts of tapas.
About £12.50 from Oddbins