Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Brandy Mérito Solera 36%, Marqués del Mérito

Amber to mahogany with bright copper glints.
Classic Brandy de Jerez nose of Oloroso and vanilla with some subtle oak notes and there are gentle hints of pastry, toasted bread, almond and dried fruit. It is attractive and homogeneous without any aggressive spirity notes.
Dried fruit is to the fore with an attractive almond and walnut nuttiness and vanilla following through and mingling with hints of Oloroso. There is a faint suggestion of sweetness but the finish is clean and dry. This is very good quality brandy, well rounded with real character and a long finish.
This is very good for a "simple" Solera brandy and its price is good as well. It comes from a Marqués del Mérito solera established in 1915, long before Rumasa merged the bodega with Diez Hermanos. It is a blend of column and pot still spirits distilled from both Palomino and Airen grapes and aged in solera for well over one year in butts previously seasoned with Oloroso. Neither the column still spirit nor the Oloroso overwhelm it and the result is tasty, smooth and balanced.
9.50 per litre, Mantequeria Jerezana

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