Bodegas Valdespino Quina, Jerez (35 proof)
Item Number: 16879
Sub Region: Jerez
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): Cinchona Bark / Pedro Ximenez
Type: Spirits - Liqueur
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 17.5
The Valdespino Quina is made from assembling very old oloroso sherry wine with Pedro Ximenez from the soleras of the iconic El Candado PX. The procedure involves a hydro-alcoholic maceration process of Cinchona bark (Quina) with gentian root, natural licorice extract and nutmeg, along with a selection of dried citrus fruits, such as grapefruit and Seville oranges. The result is a stylish, complex, one-of-a-kind aperitif with a bitter refreshing note. The Pedro Ximenez provides a characteristic nuance of dried fruit (sultanas, dried figs, dates) that makes this tonic wine ever more unique. A fresh and sweet palate with citrus and slightly tart notes, all wrapped up in a spicy combination of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla...leaning into the sweet reminders of the oloroso sherry barrels where it is aged.
Tasting Notes: Slightly bitter notes of Cinchona combine well with the botanicals (licorice, nutmeg) and hints of dried fruits (dates, sultanas). A stylish citrus touch and the quinine bitterness bring about a warm, lingering aftertaste.
Pairing Notes: Ideal as a complement in cocktails (Rum Old Fashioned, Negroni, Mahattan, etc), it also makes for a perfect aperitif in a tumbler glass, on the rocks, with a cinnamon stick and a twist of orange. Serve with crisps, olives, and pickles.
About the Label: Valdespino's original ‘Tonic for the Sick’ label, dating back over a century, was selected from the family's label museum as the inspiration for Valdespino Aperitifs. The image--somewhere between Art Deco and vintage--is an attempt to recover the iconic designs from when Valdespino started producing aperitifs at the end of the 19th century.