Felipe II Solera Brandy de Jerez
Brandy de Jerez is produced from wine made from the Airen and Palomino grapes. It is aged in sherry casks, called botas, made of American oak. These casks must have been used to age sherry for at least 3 years prior to being used to age the brandy. The type of sherry that has occupied the cask will effect the brandy’s color, taste and aroma.
For example, a cask that was used to produce fino sherry will produce a paler brandy than a cask that was used to produce an Amontillado or Oloroso. It is aged exclusively in the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
The Spanish enjoy drinking Brandy de Jerez, and have the statistics to prove it. In 2008, over 64 million bottles were sold and of those, over 36 million were sold in Spain! At present, approximately 80 million bottles are produced each year, of which about 20 million are exported. With such high consumption levels, it is no surprise that brandy production in Spain has a long history.