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What type of glass should be used?
It must be made of fine, transparent glass, preferably of the type referred to as a balloon glass of standard size, neither exaggeratedly large nor small, although a bodega tasting glass, or catavino, may also be used.
The glass should be served whilst resting upon the table
How much should be served?
Served in a normal sized brandy snifter, a quantity of brandy which when the snifter is laid horizontally upon its side does not spill out.
Should the glass be artificially heated once the Brandy has been served?
No. The fine glass snifter adapts to the curve of the hand and our natural body heat alone takes the Brandy to a perfect temperature for tasting
Can it be drunk at once?
In order to fully enjoy Brandy de Jerez it should be left for a while. Recently served Brandy de Jerez has a “first nose” in which the whole range of its volatile aromas, which tend to be evanescent, may be clearly perceived if we gently twirl the glass as we inhale. Let it rest and after a short repose twirl it again and sniff once more to enjoy the “second nose” made up of less volatile, more persistent essences, less volatile and with a rounder, more stable bouquet, though lacking the rich subtleties of the first.
What type of Brandy?
It may be rightly said there is a Brandy de Jerez for every taste, from dry to slightly sweet and from pale to mahogany in colour.
The type of cask used for ageing has an important role to play in deciding the final taste and colour of Brandy de Jerez; the range of Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos, Creams and Pedros Ximénez, which range from sweet to dry, are transmitted to the brandy being aged. Each brand has a style of its own.
Brandy on the rocks – a blunder?
Not at all. Amongst its many other qualities Brandy de Jerez possesses a unique bouquet and taste which is by no means destroyed by merely pouring it onto ice, which merely dilutes it slowly; on the contrary, it opens up a new dimension of flavours in which the traditional taste lingers, thus prolonging the drink