Lustau East India "Solera Reserva" Sherry
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Lustau East India "Solera Reserva" Sherry

Item # 15464 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Centuries ago, casks of solera Sherry were lashed to ships sailing for the Indies as ballast, and were later found to be extraordinarily smooth and complex, with nutty, sweet flavors. This one is great with lighter desserts and cheeses or by itself as an after-dinner treat.

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Staff Pick Notes

Quite possibly the best cream sherry on the market! The name refers to the British East India Trading Co. that transported commodities like cotton, silk, tea & spices from the East Indies. By the 1670's the crew noticed how the fortified wine would improve over the journey, picking up complexity & becoming smoother with the exposure to high temps, air & wood. Lustau has truly captured this long forgotten style & turned it into something extraordinary. A blend of 80% Oloroso and 20% PX, the nose reveals figs, vanilla, earth, toffee, walnuts, chocolate, plum jam, tobacco & fresh notes of citrus. The palate brings figs, raisins, brown sugar, roasted nuts & caramel from the PX while the salinity of the Oloroso keeps it focused with freshness & great minerality. Anyone trying to find a balanced sweet sherry need look no further.


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