Scott’s personal blend selection of botas from Bodegas Barbiana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda
"I started research in September 2000. We landed and sold our first cases in August 2001. September 1st 2020 through August 31 2021 is TSA’s 20th fiesta! We started TSA’s 20th anniversary celebrations with TSA Fino #1, Azahar, a barrel selection. We continue with the proud launch of Albero, the Barbiana solera blend.
A very fine nose of fir apple, crab apple, lemon balm, lemon drop, neroli, chalk dust. It’s floral from flor and noticeably ‘salino’ (salty). The chalk is mineral fresh, with a bit of peachy richness tucked inside, marrying perfectly with the ozone surf reach on the nose. It’s exactly mid-weight in the Manzanilla spectrum. Finishes soft but with some tang, like biting into an apple, the juicy openness run through and framed by salt, cabezuelas (spent flor bitters), acidity and an iodine point. There’s a hint of brown spice in the flinty crunch finish, which lingers beautifully.