The gold-highlighted mahogany colour and the complexity of the aromas - wine esters with distinctive balsamic notes - remind us of the brandy's lengthy presence in wood. The palate is medium-dry, smooth and full, with burnt undertones and hints of vanilla, followed by a long, pleasing finish.
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The sumptuous bouquet smells of old leather, old books, toasted marshmallow, pipe tobacco, prune Danish, dried fruit, salted butter and caramel cream. Entry is hugely luscious, succulent, ripe and sweet; the midpalate is concentrated, ripe, fruity, sherry-like and caramelized. Concludes balanced yet sweetly honeyed. A fat, glossy masterpiece. - P.P. (8/1/2008) - 96-100.August/2008
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - The color is of buckwheat honey. Robust nose of plum skin, maraschino cherry black pepper and burnt sugar leads into a silky, rich palate. The finish is long and electric. - 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge .April/2018
Gran Duque DâAlba was first launched in 1945 and named for the Great Duke of Alba, Fernando Ãlvarez de Toledo y Pimentel, an important historic history responsible for ennobling the House of Alba. Today, Gran Duque DâAlba is known for exceptional brandies made in the traditional Solera method.
Aged under the Solera System for over 12 years in Sherry infused American oak casks.
Best served at room temperature. Serve in a brandy snifter neat or on ice. Makes for an excellent end to a meal with dessert, cheeses, or as a cordial.