By request, I’m posting my hazily remembered first experience with manzanilla sherry, when I was able to sample both the La Gitana and La Cigarrera manzanillas side by side at Manhattan’s Tia Pol.
Both were lovely and quite different, but the La Cigarrera unambiguously came out on top. Where the first was all attack, then nothing, the La Cigarrera stuck around, blossoming in the mouth from nuttiness to raisin-y lusciousness to a hint of the sea and back again. In other words, a nice long finish. Slightly sweet, or at least more so than La Gitana, and darker in color as well, with a powerful fragrance that was almost as good as drinking it. Nonetheless both were of course manzanillas and therefore gossamer-light.
Clearly, I must go back for a more detailed tabulation. Tragic!
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