Brandy de Jerez is a spirit made from wine distillates of varying alcoholic strengths. What sets it apart is the raw material it’s made from. Brandy de Jerez is made entirely from wine, whereas other spirits such as whisky, gin or rum are made from grain, beetroot molasses or sugar cane.
But Brandy de Jerez is also different from other brandies. It has its own unique set of organoleptic features—tastes and aromas—basically owing to the three requirements that are set out in the Regulations for its Protected Geographic Indication:
Firstly, Brandy de Jerez must be aged in American oak barrels that previously contained one of the different styles of Sherry Wines.
Secondly, it must be aged in accordance with the traditional tier-based system, known as criaderas y solera.
Lastly, Brandy de Jerez must be aged in wineries located in Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María or Sanlúcar de Barrameda, the only places where the unique climate conditions exist that can lend Brandy de Jerez its unique, differentiating features.
There are three basic types of Brandy de Jerez: