In a nutshell: A subtle, nutty and complex Spanish Brandy de Jerez made in the sherry producing part of Andalucia.
The lowdown: Romate's Solera Reserva is an impressively subtle and complex Brandy de Jerez. It's got nutty and sherried notes with caramelized hints on the nose. Light and fruity with oranges, raisins and a touch of coffee, it finishes with a bite of spirit and some lingering sweetness. And, for the price, it's excellent value.
Founded in 1781 by Juan Sánchez de la Torre in the early years the company steadily built a name for themselves as a sherry producer. Towards the end of the 1800s they branched out into brandy production which after a while became a key part of their operations. Following a steady decline in their fortunes in the first half of the twentieth century the business was sold to a group of friends in 1954 whose families still retain ownership making them one of the larger sherry houses still in family hands. While they maintain a collection of excellent sherry soleras, the mainstay of their business, these days, is their excellent range of Brandies de Jerez.