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Staff Pick

Lustau Solera Reserva Brandy

Item # 30247 750mL
$23.96/ Single Bottle
$287.52/ Case of 12
Country
ABV
40.00%
Producer

Tasting Notes

Aged for three years in used Amontillado Sherry casks, this is a classic solera-aged brandy de Jerez. The rich, beautiful notes of vanilla extract, roasted nuts, black strap molasses, grilled apricots, and caramel are solid and sustained on the nose while the palate is dry, oaky, and focused with additional notes of new leather, and crème brúleé, finishing with flavors of fried bananas and nutmeg. This is highly mixable as well, and no doubt one of the best brandy values in the world from a historic producer.


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Staff Pick Notes

Extraordinary aromas race out of this spirit, tantalizing your senses with a range of notes that include dried fig, salted walnut, caramel candy, cooked orange zest, nutmeg, and vanilla to name a few. The solera system of aging and blending ensures the highest level of consistency and quality. Multiple levels of barrels with increasing age are, in small portions, systematically blended together as you draw from the bottom level for bottling. Lustau has over a hundred years of experience dating back to 1896 and continues to deliver solid products you can bank on. Spirits aged in solera offer some of the best quality and complexity for the value, making it so easy to consider this brandy for any number of cocktail creations. Cheers!

- SCB

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