Harveys Bristol Cream is a blend of four different sherries from the solera - the racks of barrels where sherry is aged for up to two decades. The four sherries used in Harveys Bristol Cream - Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez - are of different ages, all made from 80% Palomino grapes and 20% Pedro Ximénez, in the home of sherry, Jerez, Spain.
The company advises you to serve The Bristol Cream "chilled or over ice in a wine glass with a slice of orange." The iconic blue glass bottle now has one of those labels with a logo that turns blue when the perfect serving temperature is reached. I find that no refrigeration is required, especially if the weather is cool. It carries an alcohol content of 17.5% abv and sells for about $15. It could be the best $15 you'll ever spend.
This sherry has a gorgeous chestnut brown color and an aromatic nose for days. Raisins, brown sugar, dried apricots. It's all on the palate, too - complex in an easy-to-understand way. The sip is smooth but the acidity is quite useful if you want to pair it with food, and the finish won't stop.
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