This was a pleasant surprise – I am removed this week to Vienna, a grand old city at the heart of Europe but not a city where I expected to have much access to my favourite tipple. I was quite wrong – at the hotel bar last night there were no fewer than four sherries on offer, including the great Tio Pepe and this.
You can’t judge the colour here – it was very dark (as night always seems to be in Central Europe) but despite the gloom there was no mistaking the straw/yeast notes in the nose. On the palate it was very smooth and pleasant, gentle salinity and nice nutty, bready flavours. Perhaps served slightly warm and I had the sense that it may have been open a while, but very nice.
More importantly, since I am here until Thursday it is good to know that these are on hand.