Second evening was unfortunately not a great success as the prominent characteristics of our first tasting seemed to be doubly the case. So, not for us regrettably .
After the disappointing table wine the Wellington is the saving grace of our journey to Hildalgo!
Just seen this on the WS list, a very good fino:
Thanks for the heads up. I am a big fan of this wine.
I was kinda hoping @Richard wouldn’t spot this and highlight (knowing full well this would happen) as I’m not buying any wine at the moment. Ah well, my friend asked me to choose a box reds for her and get them delivered asap.
There might be a free space in that case…
Lustau supply most (all?) ‘up market’ supermarket sherry and we’ve tried many. This is one of the best, from Morrison’s. No attempt to sweeten the oloroso for UK tastes and it is correctly dry. Not complex but well made and very moreish.
That Morrisons Oloroso is a bit of a steal. Often on offer and half bottle size super handy. Agree not the most complex but well made and probably best for its price.
A vote from me too. Another example of the incredible value you can get with sherry.
Those bottles are what - £5ish? I defy anyone (assuming they like sherry) to find a better way to spend a fiver than on bargain Lustaus from places like Morrisons.
Specifically the Oloroso is the best of the bunch. You can get better Manzanilla for around the same price / litre or a tad more.
I had the Oloroso at Christmas and really enjoyed it. I think I also have a Palo Cortado to look forward to.
Last of the suitcase sherries from the summer holiday in Spain. Manzanilla Pasada, from a solera topped up with ‘normal’ Solear of the sort The Society sells, apparently. I’d love it if they sold this, which is virtually unobtainable in the uk.
They do a version every quarter, the variation of climate affecting the flor and so the taste - serious stuff. This is saca de Verano 2022, summer, after the thick spring flor has done its thing. TED talk over (sorry), it’s a proper yeasty manzanilla pasada, with a compact, no nonsense wine underneath to carry it. It’s ace.
I prefer the Palo Cortado, but then I prefer Palo Cortado at pretty much all price points. It remains to be seen how long such a runaway bargain can be had for. Surely it isn’t economically viable to produce such complex wines at such bargain-basement end prices forever?
I don’t know if it’s still the case, but for a long while the entire sherry industry was kept afloat by whisky companies needing it to finish barrels to then finish whisk(e)y in due to the huge popularity of “sherry cask” whisky.
Sherry as a side product of whiskey?
Macallan has just gone into partnership with Grupo Eseve to ensure a supply of casks.
Equipo Navazos are only an occasional purchase these days but I couldn’t resist this one.
A very pure PC, shy nose, big flavour.
So good that one.
Fairly certain Mac have been doing that for MANY many years, I have a Micael Jackson (R.I.P) book which says Mac bought the raw casks, loaned them to a Sherry house, then took them back after a few years once ‘seasoned’ - they have been doing this for decades.
So nothing new. There are better 12 y/o whiskies for £65.
The strange thing - is the ‘sherry’ in the cask then goes to make brandy or vinegar… not actual sherry. It is too heavily impregnated with oak to be any use for actual ‘Sherry’ wine.