Sunday, 30 September 2018
Brandy Solera Gran Reserva 40%, Emilio Lustau
Fairly deep mahogany fading to amber with coppery gold glints and a faint trace of green at the rim.
Full, rich and well rounded. It is complex with hints of walnut, vanilla, turrón, a slight nuance of orange peel and even one of "burnt wine", caramel, toffee and faint notes of Oloroso, rancio and oak, all beautifully integrated into a soft yet imposing aroma.
Full and almost velvety smooth, this brandy has class. Naturally the sugar content helps with smoothness, but the finish is almost completely dry, and very long. There are hints of walnuts, raisins, dates, toffee, carob and almond paste which all balance nicely with the alcohol. Classic Brandy de Jerez with no rough edges and plenty of character.
What Lustau do they do well, and this brandy is no exception. It is aged in very old, well-seasoned American oak Oloroso butts for an average of over ten years in the bodegas in Calle Arcos. It is made from 100% holandas and interestingly, it contains 25g/l "residual" sugar, which - though this a fairly high quantity - is not particularly noticeable. Emilio Lustau only started producing brandy as late as the 1940s but have managed to produce an excellent range since then; just 4 brandies, but good ones.
26.50, Licores Corredera