Brandy of Jerez is famous all over Spain, and across the world.
It is renowned for its fine quality, thanks to the traditional system in which it is produced and aged.
Sherry and brandy production goes hand in hand in Jerez de la Frontera.
The same casks which are used to aged sherry are then used to age brandy.
Did you know?
- 95% of brandy produced in Spain is Jerez brandy
- It is protected by a denomination of origin
- It has an alcohol content of between 30 and 40 degrees
- It’s made from wine created from the Palomino and Airén grapes
- The sherry casks in which it is aged are made from American oak and called botas
- The botas must have been used to age sherry for three years before they are used to age brandy
- The sherry first aged in the cask will affect the colour, smell, and taste of the brandy. A cask in which a fino was aged will produce a brandy which is paler than one in which an amontillado was aged
- Four litres of wine must be distilled to produce a litre of brand
Sherries and brandies are made in a system called Criaderas y Soleras
A quantity of brandy is extracted from casks regularly. These are called sacas.
The brandy goes towards filling other casks in a process called rocios.
This can happen regularly on a four-monthly basis, annually, or bi-annually, depending on the individual producer’s preference.
How it works:
- Casks are stacked three high. From the bottom casks, the solera, a quarter of the brandy is removed to drink.
- The second row, the first criadera, has an equal amount removed and poured into the solera casks.
- The same amount is removed from the top row, the criadera, and poured into the casks in the first criadera row.
- The casks in the top row are filled up with new wine.
Old and new wine and brandy is mixed to give a consistent taste, colour, and aroma. The brandy makers of Jerez say the old wine and brandy ‘teaches’ the new.
What are the types of Brandy of Jerez?
Solera – the youngest version, aged for a year. It has a fruity taste.
Solera Reserva – aged for an average of three years.
Solera Gran Reserva – aged for an average of ten years.
Try our traditionally-created brandies – perfect after dinner, or an impressive gift
Brandy Solera Gran Reserva Único Fernando de Castilla – made from Airén grapes, this premium quality product is aged in American oak for 40 years. Its soft, velvety taste is complex and has hints of vanilla.
It is perfect when paired with chocolate.
Brandy Solera Gran Reserva Decánter Selecto Fenando de Castilla – made from a selection of brandies all aged in barrels for between 12 and 20 years, this is created from Airén grapes. It has the aroma of toasted almonds, and has a clean and elegant taste. Pair this with after-dinner sweets.
Brandy Solera Gran Reserva Fernando de Castilla – aged in barrels for 15 years, this smooth, dry brandy has a clean and bright taste and a gold mahogany colour. Perfect with an after-dinner cigar.