Appearance: Dark mahogany, luminous, transparent, gleaming.
Aroma: Round, clean, elegant, reminders of wine, distinguished, with hints of raisins and plums.
Taste: Well-balanced, smooth, perfectly rounded, with traces of old mahogany.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Sweet and spicy aromas of dried figs, nutmeg, mace, and roasted chestnuts. The palate is figgy and nutty, with nicely balanced sweetness and spiciness. The texture is rich and thick. Long lasting flavors of spices, raisins and pecans. (Apr 2014)
"Cardenal Mendoza" Classico is a Solera Gran Reserva Brandy, the highest category within the regulating council "Brandy de Jerez". The holandas of the highest quality from the alquitaras are aged using the traditional method of soleras and criaderas (2 añadas, 8 criaderas and one solera).
"Cardenal Mendoza" is aged in American oak casks that cave previously been used for the ageing of Pedro Ximénez and old Oloroso wines. These oak casks form part of one of the largest Brandy Solera Gran Reseva bodegas in the world, a definitive guarantee of the age and quality of this brandy.