Maybe I am just too snobbish when it comes to Brandy. If that really is possible? 🙂 I am much focused on Gran Solera Reservas or equivalent Spanish Brandy. I usually do not drink something else if I have the choice. But hey it cannot be only caviar all the time! For a long time I have playing with the thought to perform a little tasting of a rather economical Brandy, the Osborne Veterano.
You can buy this Solera Brandy in almost all the super markets, it is very easy to come by. But that is not the only good thing it has to offer if one really looks behind the cover. Viva el toro! For instance it is fruity and has a sweet hint of caramel in the nose. It clearly has the DNA of a Spanish Brandy made in a traditional bodega. Not to my surprise though it lacks depth and complexity. The taste is faint and all too sweet to compete with its bigger cousins.
After trying to peel out the good things out of this Veterano I have to admit that the reason I have this at home is because I like cooking with it. Go ahead and give it a try! Not only nice to be poured over a Crema Catalana. Two table spoons full in the muffin mixture or the freshly baked waffles in the morning really makes a difference. 🙂 To drink I certainly prefer the Gran Solera Reservas!