Tuesday 20 October 2015
A Tasting Session In Our Tasting Group - Sherry!
I have said it before and will probably say it again, and again - I drink way to little Sherry. Mikke poured these six examples a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the reminder!
Four bottles were from Bodegas Tradicion, one was from Lustau and the last one was a auction find.
NV Fino Tradicion, Bodegas Tradicion
A young, upfront, nutty nose with notes of tangerines, birch leaves, pine nuts and green tea. Very fresh and salivating.
The taste is cool and a touch linear with notes of detergent, nuts, lemon candy and dry grass. Good but a bit angular. The nose is better. (Bottle no 2.844 out of 3.000 made).
85p (tasted 2015/09)
NV Amontillado Tradicion 30 Anos, Bodegas Tradicion
A deep, intriguing nose with lovely notes of dried apricots, smoke, diesel oil, assorted nuts and band aid. Complex and fine.
The taste is big and steady with a fine dry character and notes of dried plums, band aid, sake and smoke. Long and refined. Very, very good. (Bottle no 5 out of 1.750 made).
91p (tasted 2015/09)
NV Palo Cortado Tradicion 30 Anos, Bodegas Tradicion
A deep, ethereal nose with fantastic notes of decaying leaves, iodine, dry milk chocolate, nut cream and moist earth. Very complex and fine.
The taste is intense and multi layered with notes of dried orange peel, milk chocolate covered nuts, band aid and autumn leaves. A lovely balance between power and lightness. Very long and very, very fine. (Bottle no 681 out of 1.400 made).
93p (tasted 2015/09)
NV Oloroso Tradicion 30 Anos, Bodegas Tradicion
A big, outgoing, intense nose with notes of ski wax, nougat, detergent, stale nuts and a hint of tar. Very complex and utterly gorgeous.
The taste is forceful yet light on its feet with a stunning balance and notes of dried apricots, linoleum, pan fried nuts, soap and dried flowers. The finish is counted in minutes. A beautiful wine, I got the get me some of these. (Bottle no 884 out of 1.650 made).
94p (tasted 2015/09)
NV Amontillado El Carro Single Cask, Lustau
A mature and a touch foursquare nose with notes of dried yellow fruit, hay, soaked wood in a kind of Grappa way. Some thought is was lightly corked, but I didn´t, it is just not that good.
The taste is better than the nose with a nice intensity and notes of dried apricots, old chocolate, fire smoke and tar. Very, very long finish. A very good taste but not so good on the nose. (Bottle no 311 out of 600 made).
86p (tasted 2015/09)
NV Old Sherry, Williams & Humbert
Believed to be from the 1930´s. The nose is big, deep and sweet with notes of plum liquor, ripe apricots, smoke, oilcloth, dried honey and hay. Very, very deep. A lovely maturity. Good!
The taste is sweet, long and concentrated with notes of plum jam, nougat, moist earth, ripe oranges and a touch of detergent. Very, very good.
90p (tasted 2015/09)