This unique Spanish brandy is aged, like a sherry, in a solera made from casks that previously held fine Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherries, imparting an incredible richness & complexity to the spirit.
First time I tried this was in Rome in 2009, now I have a bottle every Christmas,
a real cockle warmer
- anonymous, 27th Dec '13
the first time I bought a bottle, I was 24 ... that was 1976 ... I still consider this brandy the best I have swirled around my tongue ...
- JudeAce, 12th Nov '13
For me, Cardenal Mendoza is about the best brandy you can get for a reasonable price, although it is not cheap, being a super premium . I even preferred it to Gran Duque de Alba which is a close match. However, if you do not drink it within a long period of time, it will lose its alcohol and it will be no good. No resemblance to Cognac. This is one of the best Spanish brandies there is.
- Val de la Guardia, 5th Aug '13
Am sipping it right now and it takes time to get used to. It is different than French and American Brandy. At first, the color, the smell and the taste remind you of a sweet wine but you get fooled at the finish with a long dry aftertaste. I do not know how to describe it yet because it is totally different but worth it. the nose is extraordinary and the taste is full and mouth filling.
- Georges Carraha, 23rd Jan '13
This is the best i have ever had by far
- martyn cook, 9th Dec '12
One of the best Spanish brandies I have tasted
- Loopygigglelips, 8th Oct '12
Dave: We're based in London, so I would suspect that we count as UK stockist :)
- TWE Admin, 16th Jan '12
I agree with above comments, my favourite too. but is difficult to find in the UK. Does anyone know of a stockist ?
- Dave, 14 Jan 2012, 14th Jan '12
Sue: it shouldn't change too much in the bottle as it's high in alcohol. It shouldn't have got worse in the bottle though.
- TWE Admin, 3rd Jan '12
Does anyone know if this brandy ages well with time? I hav a bottle I received as a gift about 20 years ago. It is still in the cork box it came in.
- Sue, 2nd Jan '12
As with others, I have found that this brandy is very tasteful and inviting. My wife gave it to me as a gift, but I think she had a personal intention behind this action. I recommend it!
- Mitch Forrest, 25th Dec '11
Without a doubt the best brandy i have ever tasted.
- RHS., 20th Dec '11
Like bottled Christmas cake!
- J Marshall, 27th Nov '11
I have been drinking this wonderful brandy for years and it is the only one that I enjoy in any season. Cardenal Mendoza "Life is Good".
- la ciociara, 30th Jul '11
Be very careful of this brandy, once tasted you'll find yourself hooked forever.
- ejomac, 3rd May '11
A wonderful wonderful drink. I first experienced this in a very classy hotel in Tuscany and since then have strived to find something more palatable and have as of yet not managed to. (although I did have a Portuguese brandy that was close but it's name eludes me)The Solera process used to make this beautiful drink is very noticable and definately a highlight.In summary wonderful taste, wonderful presentation and wonderfully different.
- Big Fil, 1st May '11
hard to find in USA so will have to order it.best tasting brandy i have ever found.
- anonymous, 1st Apr '11
Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva is velvety smooth, deliciously rich and intoxicating in the best way possible. It's got to be one of the most pleasurable drinking experiences I've ever had. Trust me, it's a pleasure giver, people!
- M.E. Kirk, 22nd Oct '10
A cracking drop
- anonymous, 17th May '10
The first time i tasted it, i loved it. It was in 2001.. Still my favourite brandy.