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Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva

(70cl, 40%)

Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva

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Mendoza Gran Reserva Bottling Note

From sunny Spain, the Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva is aged using the Solera system, which they say produces a brandy with an average age of 15 years. We like to think there might have been a time where someone misheard their manager and aged the brandy next to a stack of Solero ice-creams, but, we fear this is probably unlikely.

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Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Reviews

Great brandy, totally different from Cognac-style...

Sampled this at a party. I am glad I didn't spend the money but to be fair: this is a very high quality spirit. We also had a Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac and a japanese whisky at the table and Mendoza was the most popular, by far. It's just not my favorite style. It tastes quite like an Amontillado or Oloroso sherry - lots of oxidized "dried fruit" notes and that sherry funk. For me, a scotch drinker, even some cognacs are too sweet but I do enjoy a crisp cognac. And that, to me, is the difference - cognacs have a certain crisp definition, while spanish solera brandies have a dark, murky, earthy oxidized profile. Variety is great - just like some people prefer bourbon or scotch, while others enjoy all styles of whisky, so it is with brandies. I'm glad I tried it but I doubt I'll be purchasing full bottles of Spanish brandy for myself. But will certainly keep tasting when offered. And they do offer great value.

30th September 2019

Alberto Viloria

Simplemente Excelente.

13th March 2017


Danny of Las Vistas Restaurante in Lanzarote introduced me to this fabulous brandy - the reviews below barely do it justice.

11th March 2017

A great treat for friends,however the bottle does seem to deplete rather quickly. A fabulous Brandy!!

A superb example of Brandy much smoother than most Cognac's

21st February 2017

Had this last night here in Spain .Loved it lovely forest fits on the nose deep complex palate and very smooth

21st September 2016

Cambridge Whisky Nut

Absolutely stellar brandy! Bought this a while ago for a brandy tasting I was hosting and it was the large favorite. It beat out a grande champagne cognac and an XO armagnac (both way more expensive). It's extremely sophisticated, well aged, and has a very rich nose and taste of dried fruit, nuts, and spice. Very moreish! What more could you ask for? For this price (an excellent value), it is simply impossible to even come close with any other brandy because it is so well balanced and rich in flavours. A must have for any brandy lover.

28th July 2016

Full, Thick and Rich

My favorite Spanish Brandy.

6th August 2015

El Cardenal

Best I've ever tasted,smooth rich flavor; not raspy on the way down. Make an excellent: "España en llamas".

3rd January 2015

Not olorosso flavoured!

The review below is inaccurate; the brandy is dark and rick with raisin and nut notes - but this comes from ageing in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks (I have had a personal tour of the bodega).

4th December 2014

Rich with sherry notes

This is an amazing brandy, dark and flavoured with sherry from olorosso casks.

19th November 2014

Sherry Sherry Sherry

A solid brandy. Very reminiscent of sherry in both the nose and taste. Quite smooth

17th October 2013

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