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I was given a bottle of Matusalem 30 year old sherry as a gift for some work I did with a scientist from Spain, I'd never heard of the drink before and it comes in a black bottle with a gold label on the fornt. It has a 20% alcohol content and the bottle is 50 cl.
The drink is a dark liquor with a distinct smell of winter time, it has the smell of raisins, apples, caramel and spice and fills the room with its smell in a second. The smell is very distinct and hard to miss once the bottle has been poured.
It would be fair to say that Matusalem is an acquired taste, the drink has been described in this house as alcoholic buttercup and there is a distinct feeling of drinking a type of fortified cough mixture. There is a bitter, licorice flavour, there is also a hint of spice, cloves and orange. Together with the relatively high alcohol content there is a sense of drinking a bitter taste of Christmas time with a hint of sweetness from the raisins and apples.
This is a end of meal type of drink, it's pleasant enough as a aperitif or a shot with a sweet creamy pudding or cheese but I'd not recommend it as a drink to consume all night because I suspect the hangover would be extreme and I'd hate to think what your mouth would taste like after a night on the matusalem.
A distinct drink and one which the drinker won't forget in a hurry but only the occasional drink I'd suggest rather than a regular tipple.
A cream sherry. Dark Mahogany. Smooth and sweet. Notably silky, well-balanced and elegant. Reminders of well-ripened fruit, spices and fine wood. Average age of these rare Old Solera sherries is approximately 30 years, 20 aged as vintage sherry and 10 in the 'solera' system. All the grapes are from vineyards owned by Gonzalez Byass in the 'Jerez Superior' area. Serve fresh but not cold, optimum temperature: 16 degrees C. Serve in the traditional sherry glass to half capacity, to fully appreciate its superb fragance and intense bouquet acquired in the silence and shade of our cellars, throughout the long years. Especilly indicated as accompaniment to a good Iberian ham, cheese, almonds, olives, etc.It is the ideal midmorning aperitif. It is also excellent with dry fruits or cookies. The sweet wines are superlative dessert wines.