Ximenez Spinola Brandy liquor

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It does not always have to be Brandy. Well not pure Brandy in this case. Today I am having a look at the Ximenez Spinola Brandy liqueur “Tres Mil Botellas”.

Ximenez Spinola Brandy liqueur

I have been curious to know for a long time if a liqueur made from Brandy is like double the fun drinking. So I went out and got a bottle of the Ximenez Spinola liqueur that is limited to 3000 bottles a year (as the names says) and comes with a numbered label on the back.

Ximenez Spinola Brandy liqueur

As for the liqueur itself I was quite surprised! I did not expect this. Already in the nose it was clear that it was made out of Brandy but there were lots of other aromas lingering around. Drinking it it still felt a bit odd and to come to my conclusion straight away: This is not for me. While the woody notes were great and made it clear that this drink spend a lot of time in barrels, the overall product was simply too sweet. A little bit over the top I am afraid. Certainly nice to enjoy alongside a nice piece of cake in the afternoon but not for when I thirst for this “pure” Brandy spirit.

Ximenez Spinola Brandy liqueur

By the way, some say that my beloved Luis Felippe is more of a liquor or a port as well. And while there is a point in that as it really is very intensive there are worlds apart when it comes to subtleness, complexity and consistency.

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: Milenario

Milenario SGR

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This is a Brandy I was not familiar with previously. I stumbled accross it from time to time but never really pulled the trigger. But when I found out that Luis Caballeros S.A., owner of Milenario, owns Lustau as well I had to try this one.

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The presentation in a nice glass decanter that already rises hopes. And knowing out of which stable it comes makes it very hard for the actual Milenario Solera Gran Reserva to live up to my expectations. Price wise this SGR is playing in the lower leagues even though it is a little more expensive than the regular releases from the “big four” from Jerez.

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It does not have the body or the sweetness of my beloved Cardenal Mendoza. But it is not bad either. I feel it really can play with the regular SGRs and holds up its own. This Brandy can convince with his notes of apples, prunes and cane sugar. It does even remind me a little of Cognac. Just a tiny little bit. Maybe because of the soapy and vinegar notes that really make it an interesting drink.

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Personally when in this league I will stick with the ones I already know. But I cannot believe I have never given this one a try before. I understand that competition is harsh in this segment and to be known outside of your country a big marketing and distribution engine is required.

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: Milenario

Lustau Solera Gran Reserva

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The last of the three samples and this one is a classic Solera Gran Reserva. Not just a plain Solera but also no special filling.

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I have been taking my time to open this little bottle and because I liked the other Lustau’s so much my expectations were sky high. Smelling the brandy was not the most pleasent experience (hardly ever is with Brandy). Strong alcohol fumes penetrated the nose. But after another sniff or two it revealed some very nice and even elegant notes. And after all Brandy is for drinking and not for looking at it or just to take an occasional sniff.

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The “drinking experience” certainly was good. Again I was impressed with the full bodied distillate. It clearly showed its genes and as it remembered me a little bit about the Cardenal Mendoza I felt it is on par with the SGR Finest Selection. Very flavorful with dried fruits, caramel and even some hints of coffee beans.

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In short, another excellent Brandy from Lustau! They never failed to impress me so far.

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: LustauSGR

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