Review: Lustau Solera Gran Reserva Finest Selection

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lustau

Region: Spain

40% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Amontillado, Oloroso, and PX sherry casks

Grapes: Airen

Color: Brown Sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Lots of raisin, dried fruit, figs, old oak, sherry, chocolate, walnuts, butterscotch, and citrus

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Syrupy cherry and raisin notes, PX sherry, dates, figs, caramel, milk chocolate, orange, hazlenut

Finish: Light to medium warmth, and medium length, Again the sweet sherry notes dominate, a touch of oak and with more tannins than the palate, but still predominantly fruity

Thoughts: Its like an old sherry cask aged scotch on sweetness steroids. Would have liked to see it bottled at 45% but still a good buy at the price.

Score: 85 out of 100

Lepanto Solera Gran Reserva PX

Lepanto Solera Gran Reserva PX

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Gonzalez Byass

Region: Jerez, Spain

40% ABV

Grapes: 100% Palomino Fino

Aged For: NAS Solera, Distiller claims 15 years

Cask Type: Ex-sherry and PX sherry

Color: Treacle

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dark bitter chocolate, dusty wood, tea leaves, lavender, and dry wine

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, raisins, plum, fig, dried fruit, and dark chocolate

Finish: Light warmth and almost medium length, Grapes, sherry, citrus, raisins, caramel, and coffee

Thoughts: I was hesitant at the nose, but the drink became better through the palate and finish. This is very sweet and fruity, but I wonder if there are additives or sugar used.

Score: 80 out of 100