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Torres 10 Gran Reserva Imperial Brandy

(70cl, 38%)

Torres 10 Gran Reserva Imperial Brandy

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Torres Gran Reserva Bottling Note

Torres 10 is a solera aged Spanish brandy, made by a company that certainly knows a thing or two about producing excellent grape-based beverages, as Torres have a history with top-quality brandies and wine. This was aged using a solera and features a rich, intense bouquet. As an aside, 10 is also very close to Fernando Torres' shirt number, which is 9. A happy coincidence, we're sure.

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Torres 10 Gran Reserva Imperial Brandy Reviews

I will buy it and drink it. Not bad at all.

Either you are a snob who claims not to be a snob .....
or you are a slob who claims not to be a slob.
This brandy is for slobs (and some snobs).
However, it is one of the best in it's category.

There is a reason it is $2 more than the 5 yr. and $40 less than the 20 yr.
It tastes nothing like anything French and if French is a requirement, it will be a disappointment.
It is a bit harsh, but does have some body.
If you do not like "burnt" as aforementioned, or "caramelized" as perceived, it is not for you.
It does linger some and more so than anything cheaper.

I've used it to marinate prunes and it was outstanding.
Similarly, it made the best Catalan cannelloni ever.
I also drank the remainder with joy.

If you want a glass or two of fine brandy on occasion, then this is not for you.
If you drink brandy daily or frequently and price point is an issue then this is good, not great, but very good.

I would recommend it over many more expensive Spanish brandies.
It is what it is, just know who you are.
Hell, for $20-$25, buy a bottle and try it.
There is some horrible stuff out there at that price.
Just don't compare it to something at 5x the price.
If you don't like it you can always serve it to "those" guests. LOL

But seriously, I do like it for what it is.

4th May 2019

Even with its flaws it is fine brandy.

Boozy (not even spicy) nose, which is rather exceptional and personally unacceptable for such well aged brandy. Some oaky, nutty and raisin-esque notes make their way through. Beautiful deep caramel colour.

The taste is just alright. Plenty of warm spiciness, some raisins, slightly darkish coffee, vintage fruitiness. Excites the tongue but nothing too special and complex.

Fine enough to drink neat and probably won't ruin your hard coffee mix either. Semi-long, spicy finish. Thankfully there is not as much booziness in the flavour as there is in the nose.

Overall pretty okay for those wanting something else than the usual French. Lacks balance in the nose but decent value and worth a try.

3rd April 2019

Questions to ask yourself:

Their website describes this: "Dark topaz-coloured, with fine old gold tints. Of strong aroma, it displays an intense bouquet - more spiritual than spirituous - ...".
No-no, this is more SPIRITUOUS than "spiritual". It's downright boozy and unpleasant. You want the ethanol to be the vehicle for flavor, not competing (and drowning out) the aromas and flavors.

And after perusing their site the question begs to nag you: why is their 20-year lighter in color than the 10? If I came across the Torres 20 bottle, I'd be inclined to try it, it looks nice. This 10 is not even a good comparison to some of the better VS cognacs out there.

6th August 2018

Better options for money...

I am not a "snob" but I enjoy higher end malts, tequilas and brandies. With Cognac and Armagnac XO or at least Napoleon are the safe place to start, although some VSOP can be very good. At the same time I enjoy finding bottom shelf bargains. I've tasted a number of bottom shelf blended scotches and found them to be a decent dram (but not the way to start your journey!) - Highland Mist, Ballantine's Finest, Grand Macnish, McIvor, etc. Even JW Red Label (a bottom shelf blend pretending to be mid-shelf and priced accordingly).

Having said that... this brandy is not worth the money. It's way over-colored (E150a) and tastes like burnt sugar mostly. It's not undrinkable, just a waste of money, really. Try St. Remy VSOP - not a cognac but is a French brandy, very surprisingly sippable. They also have an XO but I've only seen it at Duty Free. And it's cheaper. And you can get some gorgeous Armagnacs for a few quid more. Just... no.

20th June 2018

Worth every cent, if you can find it.

I tried to keep my brandy pallet unrefined so I'd be okay with the cheap stuff, and when I want something to really appreciate I'll go for a good whiskey instead. This brandy may have changed that for me though, and now I don't know if I'll be okay with my Klipdrift and Coke any more. Had some at a bar in the Middle East, and now I can't find it anywhere.

7th February 2018

Do you like cotton candy or burnt sugar?

I wanted to try Brandy de Jerez (Spanish brandy distilled from sherry). There's not much choice in the US, so I thought this Spanish brandy might be similar. Similar or not, it is younger than a 10-year old cognac would be. I think with Spanish rules they're allowed to state "average" age instead of minimum. There are better VSOP cognacs and armagnacs out there. Sure, it's cheap but it was a waste. I'd rather get 2 bottles or a 1.75L of St. Remy VSOP (poor man's cognac). The color is so dark that nobody will believe it came from casks. The E150a bitterness is noticeable. This has been demoted to cooking brandy - right after I use up my bottle of 7-star Metaxa, another waste of money. You can get a Napoleon Armagnac for a few more dollars, which approaches XO flavor. Lesson learned.

25th January 2018

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