Now here’s something a little different - a spirit made from the albarino grape. Aguardiente means 'strong water' in Spanish, and this one shows appealing herb and floral aromas on the nose, along with a hint of citrus. The palate is light and smooth, with a touch of residual sugar softening things out, some nice stone fruits and herbs in the flavours, and a bit of sweetness on the finish. Great as an after dinner drink over ice.
Marc de Galicia or Aguardiente is the spirit produced by distilling the fermented marc of Galician-grown grapes, effectively making it a by-product of the local wine industry. The spirit has been produced in Galica for generations and its use as a beverage and as a 'medicinal' remedy is fully integrated into local culture.
Bodegas Castro Martín, makers of the eponymous Albariño, has been producing Aguardiente since 1982 and as true Galicians, have maintained a limited production ever since.
Blanca is a pure grape marc spirit with spritely Albariño fruit characters and a touch Atlantic saltiness. As a digestive, it can be served neat or in a well-chilled glass.
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Castro Martin Casal Caeiro Aguardientes Blanca (500ml)