So I was visiting my friend Ric and after a very nice barbeque right before sunset on one of the first warm days this year he turns to me and tells me about this Brand he has… We had to do a little tasting straight away! 🙂
We talk about Pedro de Valdivia Solera Gran Reserva by Bodegas Valdivia, from Jerez.
The bottle and the tubus it is sold in look very nice and elegant. The brandy is right between a light and a darker color. Dark enough to promise complexity. But already the nose gives the pre-dominant escence of this Brandy away: wood. It must have been aged in fine oak casks and if you like oak, you will love Pedro de Valdivia. There is a sweet note that balances with the wood, as Ric points out very acuratelly. As well he notices that the Pedro de Valdivia is smooth. I perceived that too and because of this I am of the overall opinion that it is a nodge better than the average Brandys from Jerez.
As one more thing I would like to share a statement made by Ric. Somewhere in between discussing this noble beverage he drops that Spanish Brandy, compared to other spirits is usually a 100€ underpriced. And right he is! You’ll get complexity, age and tradition for much less than you pay for in a Whisky or a Cognac for instance. But please don’t tell this to the Bodegas! 🙂
Thank you Ric, for sharing this Brandy! It was a pure delight!
PS: Been googling and it looks like the rather young Bodega Valdivia currently has financial issues. I wonder how long Brandys under the make of this Bodega will be available?