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Equipo Navazos Bota 29

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy Review

This Solera Gran Reserva from Jerez is not your typical Bodega product. The Equipo Navazos La Bota de Brandy de Jerez 29 comes from the Equipo Navazos group (check out their English home page) that selects/collects vines and distillates from various regions in Spain that live up to their quality expectation. For that they closely collaborate with the individual Bodegas and their wine maker.

Equipo Navazos La Bota del Brandy de Jerez No. 29

Here we are looking at an example of the Bota No. 29 which was filled into the bottles in June 2011. Overall there were only three casks of Equipo Navazos Bota 29 but I am not aware of the amount of bottles that got the number 29 label and as far as I understand the Navazos home page there are only a few Brandy releases under their name: number 13 (2008), 29 (2011) and 43 (2013). The later two are coming from casks of the Bodega Rey del Fernando de Castilla. So comparing it to the regular SGR or the Unico from this bodega should make sense. But can this somewhat special edition live up to its cousins? By the way once the led cover of the cork is removed, the symbol of Bodegas Rey de Fernando de Castilla can be seen on the cork. Nice touch!

Equipo Navazos La Bota del Brandy de Jerez No. 29

The first thing that got my attention when I finally had this bottle in my hands was the clear smooth color, almost apricot and transparent. Reminded me more of a Sherry finished Single Malt Whisky. Very light for a SGR but it says on the back label that the Brandy comes straight out of the cask having its natural color. So this purity really got me intrigued! The other distinctive thing is that the casks for aging are Fino casks and this really should give it a distinctive note.

Equipo Navazos La Bota del Brandy de Jerez No. 29

While I find all of the above very interesting it would not justify buying this rather pricy Brandy if the product would not excellent, right? Well, rest assured it is in one word: great! Sweet in the nose and unbelievable fruity in the mouth. There are multiple layers of fruit, vinegar and sweetness that make this Bota 29 complex and interesting. And the long orange cest filled finish does not disappoint. Excellent stuff! I am only left with the wish to get my hands on more of the bottles from the Equipo Navazos. Let’s see if. i can manage this. 🙂

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: Equipo Navazos Bota 29

Fernando de Castilla SGR Allier

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy Review

This Brandy from Jerez is not your every day Solera Gran Reserva. The Fernando de Castilla Solera Gran Reserva Allier made by Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, is something special.

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Already the label is a great give away as the hand written parts show that this is a limited and numbered Brandy. Only 360 of those bottles where made in 2007 (it is not clear to me if this was repeated in later years as well). And each bottle is signed by the cellar master!

But what is so special? Well, similar as with the Uno en mil from Sanchez Romante, this is a single cask Brandy that ages its last three to four years in a Allier oak cask and comes unfiltered. This kind of selection and ‘botteling’ is very rare to see and is somewhat of a speciality/exception in the world of Spanish Brandy.

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It is no surprise that oak is the dominating thing when drinking this fine spirit. :-)) Be it in the nose, on the palate or in the finish. This dominance in all the areas is actually very impressive as I never had that in a Brandy before. Apart from that it is a straight and honest Solera Gran Reserva. If I could wish for something I would wish for a few more years of age. Even though I am not sure if this would turn the woody notes and make them unpleasant I feel that a tad bit more texture would have lifted this one to an ‘Über-Brandy’ at least in my imagination. But as said that might have thrown the whole thing over the top.

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All in all an excellent Brandy that certainly is something special and very unique. It is a very distinguished addition to each Brandy collection. I applaud to Bodega Rey Fernando de Castilla for creating this Brandy as I feel it adds depth and versatility to Brandy and requires a lot of know how to create a Brandy like this. Very, very special!

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: FernandoDeCastillaSGRAllier

Lustau Solera Gran Reserva Finest Selection

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy Review

Finally got around to open the second bottle coming out of this Lustau trial package, this time it is the

Lustau Finest Selection which is a Solera Gran Reserva from Emilio Lustau S.A. in Jerez de la Frontera.

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The etiquette below the companys name is black with golden drawings and letters and right on the bottom of it it says ‘Finest Selection’. From the looks of it this is the darkest of the three if only just a tad bit darker than the regular Solera Gran Reserva.

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Already its smell is a giveaway. A rich Brandy almost overpowering. It is a little bit overly sweet and has somewhat of a short finish. That is if you really have to look for something negative (and I really had to look very hard). With its fruity body and candice sweetness overall it easily is on par with the rest of the top SGRs. I can relate to why it has gotten the best in class award.

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Another remarkable thing is that it really fits into the Lustau Brandy line. I was already impressed with the Solera Reserva and I love the Family Selection. And yet this one fits right and properly in between. Just another proof of the splendid craftsmen ship and know how at Emilio Lustau!

Again I would like to mention how much I like this trial package as I do feel that Brandy is underrated as it seemingly does not fit into todays broader taste. Not beeing sold in a hip bottle or beeing despised by Single Malt snobs it is important that Brandy is getting to the right target. So I feel it is a great thing to go out on the market with a package like this!

Well done, Lustau!

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: LustauSoleraGranReservaFinestSelection

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