Sandeman Royal Esmeralda Fine Dry Amontillado Sherry NV
Armada Cream is a premium quality Oloroso Sherry. Careful ageing for more than seven years in the ancient Solera develops its complexity and roundness. A small amount of very rich Pedro Ximenez Sherry, made from sun dried grapes, is blended in to create a rich but complex combination. Tasting Notes: Dark mahogany colour, with highlights of old gold. Very deep and complex Oloroso characteristics are offset by the richness and personality of Pedro Ximénez . Full bodied, well balanced with a very smooth and velvety long aftertaste. Food Pairing: A good match to rich desserts, accompanying cakes, ice creams, chocolate or even blue cheese. Serving: Armada Cream should be served cool with desserts or blue cheese and chilled, or on ice, when enjoyed on its own. Storing: Should be stored standing, avoid intense light and maintain a constant temperature (10°-20°)
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Dry, lots of flor, musty - not for me at all. (Tasted as part of a marathon at the Wines from Spain trade event.)
I have no idea how someone can call this great, fragrant wine 'musty'. Unless that someone does not like sherry, and in that case he should refrain from evaluating sherries. Just as people who don't like classical music should not rate classical cd's. The 'Royal Esmeralda' is a very nice Amontillado, with a huge fragrance and taste. Very nutty - hazelnuts and walnuts, later on more almonds; still quite some freshness and citrus acidity; along with various woods that I only recognize from my piano and my recorder; an accessibility that is not enhanced by sugar but rather by marzipain; fresh tobacco; and maybe deep, deep down the finish some mushroom. A golden brown colour accentuates its age. Twenty euro is quite a sum for half a liter of wine (not half a bottle) but still worth it considering its age and limited availability. I'd say it is equally expensive as malt whisky. And at least as special.
External Reviews for Sandeman Royal Esmeralda Fine Dry Amontillado Sherry
Wine Tasting NotesRoyal Esmeralda is a superb example of one of the most striking Sherry styles. It has a dark amber color with golden shades, and a complex nose, where the pungent notes of the original fino wines were gradually softened over the years, creating a deeper, more fragrant wine. On the palate it is clean and full, dry, yet very smooth and light.