A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
Amber going towards mahogany with golden and copper highlights. Nose
Quite young but not lacking in aroma and the smell of young spirit balances well with Oloroso which is not over intense. There are traces of vanilla, raisin and caramel and faint ones of American oak, and it has a youthful and fairly lively character which might well appeal to younger folk for cocktails.
It starts fairly crisp then soon opens out quite generously into a smooth classic Brandy de Jerez style but tight and fresh. There is a certain complexity too, with toasted nuts, Oloroso, raisin, caramel and hints of wood and brown sugar all combining to form a very decent whole with good length.
This is Barbadillo´s entry level Brandy solera, but it is pretty sound stuff. It is a blend of column and pot still spirits with more than half being distilled at low strength for flavour. The blend is aged in butts well seasoned with Oloroso in solera, emerging a year later for bottling. The sugar content is about 15 g/l. some of which comes from a tiny quantity of added PX but the spirit doesn´t appear particularly sweet. All the writing on the lower part of the bottle is marketing stuff to make it appeal to the youth of today, eg. "Seductive and Rebellious", and tasting notes.