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|Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Origen "Jerez-Xérès-Sherry" - "Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda" - "Vinagre de Jerez"|
Since 1772, the year in which Thomas Osborne Mann founded Osborne in El Puerto de Santa María, his knowledge, and skill in the production of brandies have been assiduously refined over the passing of the years.
Since those origins we have inherited the very pillars of this incomparable legacy, our bodegas, monumental buildings well over a century old and situated in a unique enclave where they are known as “cathedrals” thanks to their height, their arches, and their layout.
This is a very rich legacy indeed.
The History of Carlos I dates from 1889 when a master bodeguero in Jerez discovered some mysterious barrels in a corner of his bodega.
Neither he nor anyone else ever knew where they came from but it was instantly apparent that they contained the most exquisite brandy he had ever tasted. He called it Carlos I because he perceived in its flavour its destiny as a great conqueror.
Carlos I is the fruit of our legacy of artisan tradition and wisdom. It is a subtle brandy, charismatic and complex, which evokes a multitude of delightful sensations. It is unmistakeable.
Its production begins with the careful selection of the finest wines from the Airén grape, distilled the artisan way using alquitaras, pot stills of Arab origin. Ageing of the spirit takes place in American oak butts which previously contained the most select Sherries, Amontillados and Olorosos. Using the dynamic system of criaderas and soleras, the youngest spirits are blended with older ones promoting aromatic development which over time achieves an extraordinary brandy of unequalled quality.
This brandy has a deep amber colour with golden highlights. On the nose it is intensely aromatic with vanilla and cacao notes, while on the palate it is persistent, balanced and highly complex.
Delicious on its own, it can also be enjoyed with some ice cubes, a dash of Angostura bitters and orange peel stirred together with a bar spoon.
The aromas of the bitters enhance the wood notes in the brandy and the orange chimes beautifully with the vanilla and cacao notes.