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