Torres 10 Gran Reserva (38%)

Torres wine house was established by Jaime Torres in Catalonia, Spain at 1870. It is the biggest wine producer in Spain and they have wine fields also in California and Chile. Torres was the first European company which invested to Chile and have had big influence for Chilean wines growth to worldwide market. Nowadays Torres is directed by Miguel A. Torres. 

The brandy production Torrest started at 1928. Torres 10 was published at 1946 and it became immediately flagship product of Torres. It’s matured at american ex-bourbon barrels. Torres brandys are made by solera method, which means the yearly angel share is replaced by one year younger brandy distillate. So the number 10 here is not a age statement, there can be also ten years old brandy distillate but most of it is much younger ones. I saw on some sources the medium age is somewhere between 1 to 2 year.  Torres 10 is the most sold spanish brandy on the world. 

Nose is quite rich, there is dried fruits, raisin, hazelnut, orange peel and some spicies, clove and pepper. Taste is sturdy and have strong alcohol burn. There is some dried fruits, vanilla, hazelnut. Smell is better than taste, strong alcohol burn disturbs quite lot.  It’s on the same time very young but have also flavours of oak maturation, leather and raisin. I bet the quality of Torres 10 has been different earlier, nowadays when the production volumes have gone bigger and bigger they are forced to use younger distillates to meet the demand. So, Torres 10 is better than most of the cheap French brandies but do not reach the stable quality of really many years matured noble bewerages. 

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