Brandy category Winner of the Flaviar Community Awards 2018.
Bodegas Torres was founded in 1870 by Jaime Torres Vendrell as one of Spain’s premier wineries, but the family had been growing grapes in the area for more than one hundred years before that. The estate has endured two World Wars and the Spanish Civil War with a few scrapes along the way, but has survived to become one of the most respected producers of Spanish Wines. They started distilling and aging Brandy in 1928, and their products are now considered one of the finest Brandies produced in the entire region. The company is based in Barcelona with six local vineyards and a presence in Sebastopol, Napa Valley, California.
Torres 30 Jaime — the "30" refers to the average age of the brandies in this blend and "Jaime" is in honor of the founder. There are several grapes used in producing this delectable dram, but the majority of the juice comes from the Parellada grape — a regional variety that Bodega Torres is famous for. It is a rich and aromatic example of some of the best brandy-making in Spain. But we also simply can’t ignore the amazing packaging — with its sculpturally twisted decanter and perforated carrying tube, the display is as artistic as the elixir inside.
Nice smooth, sweet, and flavorful front, disappointingly bitter aftertaste.
This is a wonderfully enjoyable bottle without a doubt. My home collection consists generally of Whisky, Bourbon, Scotch, and Cognac, however since getting to sample the Torres 30 Jamie I in a tasting box.... it now includes an awesome bottle of Brandy Reserva de la Famiglia. The bottle and storage case that it comes with are sick as well and will raise the attention of anybody looking over your collection, and keep them from indulging with asking first. Big fan overall! Thanks Flaviar as I likely would never had tried this gem if it was not for you including in one of your tasting sets!!!!!
Light amd floral but not to intense with flavors.
40% abv would be better choice.
Quite fantastic. Could tell at first blind sip, not remembering what all I had bought in the 27 samples in front of me, that it was special!
What a glory! I'm a bit of a cognac fan, really like aged grape brandies, and this one is top-notch. PQR is phenomenal for this product. Huge fruit-forward flavors, tons of aging notes, savor that lingers all night after a single sip. This is what good brandy should be.
Cork came unglued from the stopper and fell into the bottle, had to decant liquor and chop up cork to get it out, for the price and the effort that obviously went into the presentation, this was fairly disappointing.
Wonderfully balanced, smooth, and fruit-forward with a long, mouthful feel. Really picked up a lot of fig in the flavors.
Very smooth deep and rich. Bottle is a bit over the top but looks great in the case. I’ll probably save the bottle for a better spirit once it’s gone.
It is nice...wish it were more affordable
Raisin, prune, not much nose. Nutty. Bitter.
Just can't seem to say enough good about this brandy. Bought another bottle.... sorry, I have to go drink it!
Nutty, tobacco, and vanilla
Color: dark mahogany
Nose: grape and tobacco
Palate: grape, tobacco, vanilla, nutty
Finish: long, sweet, and pleasant
Exceptionally smooth and full of flavor. A favorite to sip and enjoy in good company.
I like it. Not my favorite, but very good none the less. Amazing mouth feel. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. I got grapes, dried fruit, plums, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, and a bit of mint/menthol. Would go great with a full bodied cigar. Would recommend buying just for the bottle, but the juice inside is pretty damn good too.
Delicious! Sweet but not overly.
So smooth and silky. This is without a doubt the best
This was really good but I actually scored this (only slightly) lowest in the tasting trio. Really fruity and with some floral freshness - thank you tasting wheel- but given the price compared with the other two I'm not rushing to buy a bottle.
Really prominent grape flavors. Smooth finish.
This was amazing. Hints of grapes and fruit and maybe honey.
Exquisite. A perfect companion during a winter night.
This is amazing. Complex and different with each sip. My experience with brandy is limited but I think I’ve found the best.
Second place in the tasting trio.
Very good brandy. I’ve never had so much fog flavor come through in a drink and it was pleasantly surprising with the vanilla finish.
Really smooth, great flavor, lingering finish - everything you want in a Brandy
I would order this.
My favorite out of the tasting box, really smooth
Dark wild honey color, sticks to the glass.
Wonderful aroma: candied almond and fruit.
Mouthfeel: rich and smooth.
1st sip: rich butterscotch and toasted nut.
2nd sip: honeyed grape and smoke. Decently spicy as well
Overall: Exceptional rich Brandy despite the low alcohol. If I could afford it I'd have it every day.
Best brandy Ive ever had.
Very good flavor of grapes and coconut. Just a hint of the tobacco to give it a nice edge
Sweet and smooth, with a slight alcohol burn on the finish.
Grapey. Strong. Smooth finish.
Very soft and smooth. I didn't notice much on the nose but I'm still a rookie. The flavor was very rich, tasting of sweet figs and and tobacco. It was a great introduction to Brandy and definitely worth investing in.
I’m not a Brady drinker, and didn’t think I would be after the first couple we tried, but this changed that. I got a great molasses and rasin nose, into an incredibly smooth palate (didn’t have near the burn of the others we tried) of sweet tobacco and figs. Great mouth feel and an interesting numbing sensation that I haven’t experienced with my preferred drink of choices (bourbons). Excellent intro into Brandy!
Now this one I really liked. Soft on the tongue like rose pedals. Sweet. Smooth. Buttery. Smokey. Complex. Very good.
I’m not a brandy drinker normally, but this was a pleasant surprise. Interesting notes with a mild sweetness.
Amazing. One of the best brandy’s I’ve ever had. Complex, fruity, smoky, delicious.
Wow. Complex and supremely flavorful. Figs on the nose, flowed by strong notes on almond trees and coconut with a touch of floral notes. Ends with soft grape notes. Really want to become close friends with this one!
excellent drink. I thought maybe a little sweet for my taste.
This is very smooth and flavorful. Nice!
This is a really good one
Not too sweet yet easy to drink
This Brandy is quite smooth and enjoyable. The flavor profile is spot on.
Heavy on the grape, really enjoyed the lingering fig and tobacco notes. Nice and heavy spirit all around.
This is a beautiful brandy, delightfully smooth and elegant from first taste through finish.
Incredibly smooth. I’m a whiskey guy but I thought I’d give this one a try. I really enjoy drinking this Brandy and it’s tempting me to try more of them.
My favorite brandy....thus far.
Very very smooth. Not too sweet, earthy, vanilla/caramel taste at the end. Just a hint of spice. I really enjoyed it.
Velvety smooth with earthy notes of tobbaco and vanilla.
Very nice for after a meal.
smooth with a nice hint of the oak and fruit.
Have greatly appreciated the Torres on both accations of purchasing it the different aromas can be discerned simply by a swirl of the glass at first sip it is smooth with a little bite and becomes better as it mellows in your glass my only disappointment is that you seem to be very limited when it comes to fine aged Brandies
Very enjoyable figgy taste but not too sweet. Lingers well on the palette.
I'm not a big brandy fan but wow! This was nice with a taste of oak, and very smooth! I truly enjoyed this selection.
Smooth spicy oak, not bad
Slight bitter aftertaste but over all a great taste. Adding to my bar!
This is lovely.
Very nice flavor. Smooth.
Warm, sweet love in a bottle.
I thought this was awesome. Grape, fig, caramel, what’s not to like? Sweeter than I would normally like but I thoroughly enjoyed this pour.
I’m not normally a rum fan, but I thought this was a nice change up from bourbon and scotch.
Not a bad brandy, but I sure wouldn't pay the price!
The fig lingers on the upper part of your mouth and it is divine.
Not our type of brandy. Too sweet.
I was the smoothest Brandy i have ever tasted, i am Malt Whisky drinker but this was a beautiful tasting brandy & not like any i have tried previously.
Very nice Brandy. Hold up to most XO Cognac's. Smooth with nice flavors. Also has a nice finish.
Well, a decent brandy I guess. Had better ones for sure, though.
Love it, great aroma, great taste.
This was surprising. I expected sickeningly sweet flavors. When it first hits your tongue it is super sweet but the back of the tongue and throat feel is so surprising! It was way better then I’d ever imagine. Definitely worth trying!
Great taste. Love the flavor. One of my favorite brandys.
It is an outstanding, rich brandy with a long & velvety finish.
Nice, very decent brandy. It beautiful actually, but it's hard to see the differentiation that distinguishes it from others.