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Tempus Est Amicus Meus

Have you been treated to some Mallorcan Brandy yet? Let me introduce you to a splendid distill from our very own shores: Brandy Suau 1851.

Way back, during the 1840s, a Capitán from Mallorca by the name of Joan Suau y Bennaser moved to Cuba to set up a Rum and Anisados distillery there. After a number of years, Joan Suau fell in love with a girl from Mallorca and decided to return to his homeland. Señor Suau set up his bodegas on the outskirts of Palma and commenced to blend Brandies, Rum, Caña and other alcoholic delights in Mallorca, based on the expertise that he had gained abroad. Brandy Suau has been produced in Mallorca since 1851, and seems to be getting better all the time. In my opinion, this brandy is right up there with other fine Spanish brandies, such as Magno, Terry or Carlos I, but with the benefit of being a small, virtually hand-crafted product. The secret of the Suau distill is in the application of the old Solera process that has not changed in over 150 years, and in using oak barrels that allow the brandy to oxidize and thus acquire its special aroma and taste. The main ingredient, however, is time. The Suau philosophy expresses it nicely: Tempus est amicus meus. Bodegas Suau initiate the craft, but only time is deciding the final outcome, and ever so slowly.

Suau 1851 Brandy can be found in local supermarkets. A 70 cl bottle of the 15 year old Reserva will set you back some 18 €. It is really good stuff. If you should feel up for a special treat, you could try Suau Etiqueta Negra, which is Suau’s 25 year old Reserva. It comes in a golden box and will set you back some 45 €, but your taste buds will enjoy it, as no doubt, will your friends’. And should you win the Gordo (Christmas lottery), you might want to celebrate with some Suau Gran Reserva Privada, which is no less than 50 years old and comes in a blue velvet sack. That might break the bank at 85 € a bottle, but what a delight it would be.

You could also treat yourself to an intriguing visit of the Suau vaults, any Monday to Friday (09h00 to 14h00). Admission is granted for free. There, you might even want to splash out on a limited edition 32 litre barrel of Suau Club Reserva. Details upon application from Bodegas y Destilerías Suau.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 11th, 2009. The time was 11:27:37.

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