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

Osborne Veterano

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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.

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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.

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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!

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: FernandoDeCastillaSGRAllier

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