FOR HOLIDAY GIFTING: New Rare-Aged Sherries From Spain's Williams & Humbert
Williams & Humbert, producer of top-selling Dry Sack, has three premium rare-aged sherries now available in the U.S. that make stylish and luxurious holiday gifts for the discerning wine and spirits aficionado: Dos Cortados Palo Cortado, Don Guido Pedro Ximénez and Jalifa Amontillado. These fine sherries were traditionally reserved for privileged guests of the winery. In early 2009, Miami-based importer Kindred Sprits introduced them to the U.S. They are classified as VOS (Very Old Sherry), aged a minimum of 20 years, and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) aged a minimum of 30 years. They have already received top ratings in the U.S. from leading wine and spirits magazines.
Dos Cortados Rare Old Palo Cortado Especial, aged for 20 years, has a warm golden color with a soft aroma of wood, vanilla, spices and nuts with a long, intense finish. Dos Cortados was awarded a Double Gold Medal from the Tasters Guild International Competition and 96 points by Wine & Spirits.
(19.5% alcohol by volume. Average retail price: $50).
Named one of Wine & Spirits Best 100 Wines of the Year.
Don Guido Rare Old Sweet Solera Especial is a full-bodied Oloroso made from sun-dried Pedro Ximénez grapes. Aged a minimum of 20 years, Don Guido has a deep mahogany color, rich aroma of nuts and dried fruits and long, sweet finish. Don Guido received a Double Gold Medal from the Tasters Guild International.
Competition and 93 points by Wine & Spirits.
(18% alcohol by volume. Average retail price: $50).
Jalifa Rare Old Amontillado Solera Especial undergoes a dual aging process, first as a fino for several years and, subsequently, after being fortified with distilled grape spirits to boost the alcohol level, aged further with controlled air contact to achieve the desired level of oxidation. The result is an amber color with a distinct aroma of vanilla and nuts and a long, smooth finish. Jalifa received a Gold Medal from the Tasters Guild International Competition and 91 points by Wine & Spirits.
(20.5% alcohol by volume. Average retail price: $70).
Williams & Humbert, located in Jerez de la Frontera in the region of Andalucia, is the largest winery in Europe with more than 1,200 acres of vineyards and produces some of the world's most acclaimed sherries and brandies. The Company was established by British expatriates who first began making sherry in the 1880s. They named their product Sack after the Shakespearean word for sherry and placed the bottle in a sack-cloth bag to make a stylish statement. Today, Dry Sack is the only company from Jerez allowed to use the word sack in its brand name. Williams & Humbert's portfolio also includes Gran Duque de Alba Brandy de Jerez, Crema de Alba cream liqueur and Dos Maderas dual-aged rum. www.williams-humbert.com. Kindred Spirits of North America, Inc. is the exclusive importer for Williams & Humbert in the U.S. www.KindredSpiritsUSA.com.
Kindred Spirits, Inc. is a beverage import and marketing company with a select portfolio of premium wine and spirit brands. Kindred Spirits is a joint venture between spirits industry veteran Joel Gosler, Williams & Humbert of Spain and The Reformed Spirits Company Group. Its brand portfolio includes: Dry Sack and Dry Sack 15 year old Sherry from Spain, Gran Duque De Alba Brandy de Jerez, Crema de Alba, Dos Maderas dual-aged rum, Cherry Heering liqueur, Xante liqueur, Martin Miller's Gin, the Rhum Clement portfolio and Malt Trust Single Barrel Cask Whiskies from Scotland.