Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
Cardenal Mendoza // Jerez, Spain
The group that owns the parent company of the Cardenal Mendoza brandy, Sánchez Romate, was initially a sherry producer. They first started to distill brandy for family and friends in 1887 and eventually gave in to public demand and began selling them. This brandy is aged in a solera system which used barrels that previously held Pedro Ximenez sherry, a sweet, fortified wine. The average age of the solera is 30 years for this bottling.
SpanishBrandy distilled in Spain, with Brandy de Jerez being the most common type. Brandy de Jerez is typically produced from the Airén grape from La Mancha and can be either column-distilled or pot-distilled. Must be aged in the Jerez region, though typically distilled elsewhere. It must be aged in oak that has previously held sherry wine and is usually aged in a Solera system.
"Cooked bananas, brown sugar, walnuts, and golden raisins fill your senses when you smell the brandy, but you can also pick up bright tropical fruits which enliven the aroma. The moderately-full palate shows an aged rum profile while the finish is dry and has a touch of peanut shells."