Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
Cardenal Mendoza // Jerez, Spain
Cardenal Mendoza is distilled from mostly Airen grapes. The solera this is aged in is made up of barrels that previously held Pedro Ximenez sherry, a dessert-style fortified wine. The average age of the solera is 15 years.
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.
"Rich and malty on the nose with coffee grounds, woody spices, and orange zest. The palate is bitter, something that coffee lovers should like and though the wood flavors are present, the brandy is not rough and tannic. The nutty, bitter finish is just on the line between being sweet and dry. Another brandy aged rum lovers should take note of for an alternative sipper."