When I started this blog I wanted to concentrate on Solera Gran Reserva and nothing less. But today I am writing something about a Solera Reserva. There are three reasons for this: I really liked the family reserve from Lustau. I was intrigued by the box saying this one had won “best in class”:
I wonder if this seal on the Brandy really means something? Looking forward to try this new acquisition… pic.twitter.com/RNpqIBDi9V
— felted hat (@feltedhat) January 2, 2014
And last but not least there are enough limits and restrictions in this world and why not drinking something else from time to time. 🙂
So here goes the tasting of the Lustau Solera Reserva.
As you can see by the small bottle in the pictures I got this one in a trial package containing three Brandies (more on the others later in time). I could not resist picking it up for the above mentioned reason and I do applaud to this kind of thing as I feel that Brandy for some reason has lost its old glory and is somewhat out of fashion. That is a crying shame and trial packages like this and other marketing things are very welcome in my view to make Brandy more attractive to a broader public. BTW Lustau actually is more known for its wide and excellent range of Sherrys.
The Brandy that has been aged in 500 liter american oak casks is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Grape variety is 95% Airén and 5% Palomino and while it is not complex and maybe a little too sweet it taste of dried fruits and brown sugar and this it does while being surprisingly smooth and balanced taking into consideration that it is “only” a Solera Reserva thus consisting of younger spirits.
Compared to the few Brandys I know out of the same league I do see why this one got the “Best in Class” award at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Well deserved and I would even go so far as to say that this one can keep up with a few run of the mill Gran Reservas in taste. Great value for money.