Miami, May 14, 2008- Gran Duque de Alba Solera Gran Reserva, a premium Spanish brandy produced by Williams & Humbert, was awarded Gold Medals this Spring at both the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits.
Gran Duque De Alba is a rich, super-premium brandy from Jerez in southwestern Spain. Its extraordinary characteristics are the result of centuries-old craftsmanship, using the carefully regulated solera system. Gran Duque D’Alba is aged for 12years in oak casks that previously held sherry, thus adding depth and smoothness. Light mahogany in color with gold reflections, Gran Duque de Alba has undertones of roasted nuts, warm caramel and dark fruit notes tinged with brown spice. The finish is long and satisfying. The brandy is best served in a snifter and may also be mixed. (40% ABV). Average retail price: $46/bottle.
Brandy de Jerez is one of only three place-specific appellations for brandy; the others being Cognac and Armagnac in France – something the U.S. consumer is only just now discovering.
“Gran Duque De Alba has enjoyed extremely high ratings from top wines and spirits experts,” says Abbey Glaser, director of marketing for Kindred Spirits of North America, Inc. “It’s a bold, confident brandy with impeccable heritage to be enjoyed by those who know how to make a statement.”
Two other Williams & Humbert brands, Crema de Alba Crème Liqueur and Ron Dos Maderas, both new to the U.S. market, took silver and bronze medals respectively at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Silver Medal winner Crema de Alba Cr ème Liqueur is a sweet cr è me liqueur made from Gran Duque de Alba Solera Gran Reserva, the world’s finest Spanish brandy. This luscious, creamy liqueur has notes of vanilla and cacao. It is best served on ice in a tumbler or chilled in a cordial glass. (17%ABV). Average retail price: $25/bottle.
Bronze Medal winner Ron Dos Maderas Extra-Aged Rum is a dark añejo rum, aged eight years in a unique dual ageing process: five years in the Caribbean in American oak barrels and an additional three years in Spain in traditional sherry casks. The two step ageing process produces a soft aroma and smooth flavor. It is best served in a snifter or on the rocks in a tumbler. Dos Maderas also mixes well with traditional cocktails. (40% ABV). Average retail price: $35.
Williams & Humbert, located in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, is the largest winery in Europe with more than 1,200 acres of vineyards. Their portfolio includes Dry Sack sherries, Gran Duque de Alba brandies, as well as Alegria Manzanilla and Crema de Alba. www.williams-humbert.com .
All three brands are imported by Kindred Spirits of North America Inc., Miami. www.kindredspiritsusa.com