Gran Duque d'Alba XO
Gran Duque d'Alba // Jerez, Spain
Gran Duque d'Alba XO is aged in a solera for over 12 years which use American oak ex-sherry butts. The brandy is then further aged for 6 years in American oak barrels that held Don Guido Pedro Ximénez sherry. The Gran Duque this brand is named for is named for the Great Duke of Alba, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo y Pimentel, a 16th century Spanish general who advised both King Charles I and King Philip II of Spain.
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.
Cask TypeAmerican oak ex-sherry
"The aroma is filled with dried tropical fruits, brown sugar, and dark woody spices leads you to believe you are about to taste something rich and chewy, but in reality, the body is average. The brandy is tangy despite the sweet flavors of the Pedro Ximenez sherry (raisins and almonds). There's a touch of coriander spice intertwined. Gran Duque d'Alba XO could have a little more character, but overall is pleasant and dry and the acidity in the brandy helps to combat the sugar content."