Review: Torres 20 Hors d’Age Brandy
While most Spanish brandy hails from Jerez, in Andalucia, a small portion is produced in the Catalonian region of Penedes. Torres is one of two producers in this region, and they’ve been making the stuff for generations using wines from two different grapes, parellada and ugni blanc. They double distill in pot stills and then age, using a solera system, in French Limousin oak barrels. The portfolio includes a 5-year, 10-year, and 15-year-old offering, as well as a double-barreled version of the 10-year, a spiced brandy, and an extra-aged release made exclusively with parellada. The oldest age-stated bottle in the current range is the 20-year Hors d’Age, which comes packaged in an eye-catching, disco ball-esque bottle. Read on for the review!
The nose of Torres 20 is lush with sultanas, new leather, and a touch of apple cider. Sweeter barrel notes add some vanilla bean and cigar box, alongside a dusting of cinnamon sugar and nutmeg. It’s not as rich as some brandies of a comparable age, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in complexity. The palate is syrupy and bright with notes of golden raisins and candied orange peel. It’s nicely balanced and maintains a juicy quality, even with some big wood elements showing: cinnamon stick and dried tobacco, toasted oak and sweet campfire smoke. The finish is medium-length and sweet with sandalwood, black tea, and clove-studded orange.
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