Lepanto O.V. Gran Reserva
Gonzalez-Byass Lepanto // Jerez, Spain
This is one of the few brands of Brandy de Jerez that is actually distilled in Jerez (most others are just aged there). As is typical, the brandy is aged in a solera system. This bottling uses 15 different criaderas (nurseries of soleras) that have brandies aged for over 12 years in American oak ex-sherry (in this case, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry). The brandy is removed from the solera and then further aged an additional 3 years in very old ex-Oloroso Apóstoles & Matusalém sherry. Note, this review is for the 80 proof, but outside of the US you will find 72 proof bottlings.
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.
"Milk chocolate and brown sugar are the scents you'll pick up on the nose along with figs. The brandy is tangy and lively on the palate with marcona almonds and dried fruits. The brandy ends lean, dry, and with a smoky, woody finish."