Review #439 | /r/Brandy Review #6 – Villa Zarri 24 Year Old Single Cask, Cask Strength Italian Brandy
The Schtick: This is a single cask Italian brandy bottled at 24 years old and also bottled at cask strength. Punching in at 59.7%, this should be an interesting look at barrel proof brandy, with some decent age on it.
Designator: Italian Brandy
Distiller: Villa Zarri
Bottler: Villa Zarri
Selection: K&L Wines Single Cask
ABV: 59.7% ABV
Age: 24 Years
Bottled: April 2016
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Really nice nose, lots of oak, clove, baking spices, vanilla, toffee, and some fruits like fig, plums, apples and a bit of melon. The melon is weird – it’s not big or dominant, but it’s an interesting undertone with the other fruits and sweeter notes. Lots of toffee and a hint of ethanol, which isn’t surprising, given the proof.
Taste: Rich, thick, and oily. There’s a little heat but it’s well restrained. There’s lots of caramel here and some tannins and oak. Then the big fruit kicks in – raspberry, blackberry, figs, plums, some pear. It’s nicely balanced and the oak and tannins here make for a nice balance that isn’t too sweet.
Finish: Very long, mild heat, but thick and complex. There’s so much going on even afterwards, the fruit, clove and cocoa stick around for what seems to be a long time.
Overall: I think this was a great pickup and I’m glad to be branching out a bit. This is delicious, complex and nuanced and I think it works great in a variety of ways. I even made a brandy old fashioned with this and it was really quite nice. I don’t know how much that speaks to the cask selection on KL’s part, or the quality base spirit, but I’d like to guess that it’s both.
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