Harvey's Bristol cream sherry, for me, is the taste of Christmas. However far from being an old fashioned drink, taken in a small glass, it is a drink that can be enjoyed all year round.
Harvey's was founded in Bristol in 1796. Their famous sherry is produced in the Jerez region of Spain. Bristol cream sherry is made from several blends of white wine including fino, amontillado and oloroso.The sherry is then fortified with brandy after the fermenting process. The result is a smooth, dark drink, which contains 17.5% alcohol. The acidity of the grape used helps to cut through the sweetness of the drink giving a good balance.
Harvey's Bristol cream comes in a blue glass bottle and is on sale in both Asda and Tesco for £9 at present. I always buy a bottle at Christmas to add to a traditional sherry trifle. I pour a glassful over trifle sponges and leave to soak, before adding raspberries and homemade custard. I then top with whipped cream and decorate with chocolate pieces and fresh raspberries. This is a very simple sweet, but tastes gorgeous as far as I'm concerned!
The sherry can be drunk neat with the addition of ice and a slice of either lemon, orange or lime. However I also like to drink sherry with the addition of lemonade as this makes it a longer drink. Traditionally sherry is drunk at room temperature, but I far prefer it to be served well chilled. Alternatively you could try my favourite sherry tipple! Take a highball tumbler and add 50ml's of sherry, 50ml's of apple juice and finally a splash of ginger ale. Now add a cinnamon stick to the glass and use to stir. Top the glass with a few slices of fresh apple. This is a really lovely, warming winter drink and perfect for Christmas!
Overall I really like Harvey's Bristol cream and think it is by far the best sherry on the market!
==Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry==
With Christmas right around the corner it is a total must that I have some of this Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry in the drinks cabinet. It is something I remember from my childhood as a regular joke that every year this is something that our next door neighbour would buy my parents and they wouldn't have even gotten through the bottle that had been bought them several years before and yet they were receiving another bottle to add to the collection.
Know as an old ladies drink and of course the drink that has to be put out for Old Saint Nick on Christmas Eve it really is a must have for my household for one reason only. Sherry trifle. Christmas really isn't the same without having a proper sherry laced trifle and although I have tried the cheaper versions of the sherry none make up a trifle like the well known Harvery's Bristol Cream Sherry.
You are looking at paying around £10 for a 70 cl bottle which of course does last a good while and will probably do us a good couple of years (which is why we still have nearly half a bottle in the cupboard right now). I wouldn't put too much in a sherry trifle although sometimes I do wonder if the trifle is indeed child friendly! I think if I was pushed to it I could easily drink a little sherry glass full of the stuff but I can't say its my favourite drink to have over all others but again the glass that we have poured for Father Christmas the last few years hasn't been wasted!
The sherry is a golden type of amber coloured liquid and has a very spicy type flavour to it. It has a taste of nuts and again this is a drink which oozes Christmas feelings and is probably a type of tradition to have around the house. It is a little sweet and does seem to clean up the mouth with its taste and although not especially strong at 17.5% will still give a nice glow after having a glass or two.
I really like the design of the bottle and the blue glass is really rather unique to this drink. The fact that the bottle has a cork stopper is nice too and the whole feel of the design is nice and on the whole I can't find any fault with it. When you buy a cheap sherry and compare it against this there really is no doubt that this drink is far superior than any other and for that reason I feel that a score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved! Bring on the trifle!!!
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Goodness - this has been around for a while - not only as a brand but in our house as a bottle. I can't remember the last time anyone quaffed any of this, apart from me half an hour or so ago in preparation of this review. Bit early but what the heck.
Harveys is an established brand and this drink has been available for as long as I can remember. It was a must have drink for two of my aunties who consumed it in quantity every time there was a family do. They could then be left to gabble away by themselves, whilst the remainder of us could concentrate on having a good time. Although it's a drink that is often sipped rather than gulped, it certainly does a good job in loosening the tongues if my two aunts were anything to go by.
Harveys Bristol Cream is manufactured by Harveys of Bristol who were founded in 1796. It is seen as rather an old-fashioned drink, drunk by the older amongst us. I understand it may be enjoying a resurgence amongst the park bench winos in the nicer towns and suburbs.
To me, it is an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire. Maybe I'm not yet in the right demographic, but to me it just doesn't taste nice and makes me twist my face. It's neither a nice wine which can be savoured nor a strong spirit that has a decent taste to it.
The bottle I have contains 75 cls and is 17.5% alcohol by volume - much stronger than a standard wine for example and hardly surprising therefore that it is traditionally served in a smaller glass.
I do like the smell of it and I do like the nice pop that the cork makes when it comes out of the top of the blue bottle. It's one of those corks that is part of the pull-off top so it's easy to both open and re-secure the bottle. Now that I have dusted it off and with only about a third of the bottle remaining, I shall probably seek to use it up as an ingredient in trifle, where in combination with other tastes, I find it rather nice. On its own, it's too strong a taste for me to enjoy.
Asda are currently selling a litre bottle for £8.00 which is very good value against Tesco and Sainsbury's at £10.45 and £10.52 respectively.
It's a perfectly good drink and I understand it to be one of the nicer and more refined sherries, but I just don't like the taste, so can only give it a disappointing 3 stars. Maybe I just don't want to be seen as a sherry drinker?
Harvey's Bristol Cream is not something that I would normally think of buying but my mother in law got me some for Christmas along with a couple of sherry glasses so that we could have a little tipple when we are cooking for the 'menfolk'. I think this sort of sums it up, it is a little bit old fashioned, meant to be drunk as a little tipple and all in all a very civilised kind of drink.
Dutifully, I poured us both a glass while I was cooking lunch on Boxing Day and was surprised at just how lovely it was. The taste was gorgeous - both dry and fruity - and it left me with a lovely warm glow inside. I had a couple of little glasses worth and it really sent the meal preparations along with an extra bit of 'jolly'. I don't think it is something that you could drink all night long but it is a great aperetif and will definitely but a Christmas tradition in our house from now on.
On a totally superficial note, I love the colour of the glass bottle, it is just gorgeous. It can still be recycled (with the brown glass) and it just looks pretty with the light shining through it on my windowsill as it waits for my next family cooking experience.
Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry has been around for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, it was always brought out of the drinks cabinet for special occasions and offered to visiting lady guests. I grew up thinking it was very posh.
Many other drinks are available nowadays and I don't see sherry in many people's houses but it is a nice drink and makes a change from heavy spirits and lager. I find that a bottle lasts for ages, though, because I forget about it until Christmas time. I always have a sherry to see in the New Year, mainly because, as children, we were allowed a tiny little glassful to see in the New Year and it has happy memories. It must always be Harvey's Bristol Cream, though, which I consider the best available for a reasonable price. I paid £5.99 for the last bottle I purchased. You can get cheaper sherries but some of them can be really unpleasant and not worth wasting good money on.
Harvey's Bristol Cream comes in a very dark blue glass bottle with a blue label telling you the name and explaining that it is 'rich and full bodied' (a very good description, as it happens), and it also informs you that the contents have been made since 1796, so it has definitely stood the test of time and has become a traditional part of Britain.
The makers describe the sherry as ' a complex blend of some of Jerez's finest wines'. Jerez is in the province of Cadiz in south-west Spain. The blend results in a smooth and velvety drink with a warming, fruity and full-bodied taste. It is meant to be sipped from little glasses - I wonder if anyone uses proper sherry glasses any more? I must admit, I put mine away years ago because they seemed so old-fashioned. I shall get one out and have a glass of Harvey's Bristol Cream tonight - it might help to warm me up in this Arctic weather we are having right now! Although I must add that the makers suggest that it is 'best served chilled in a wine glass', so perhaps I can leave my sherry glasses in the loft.
As well as being a delicious drink, Harvey's Bristol Cream is lovely in a fruit trifle - just add a small glass to the hot water when making the jelly, or soak the fruit in it. It can also be added to the water when stewing fruit. This not only tastes lovely, especially with yoghurt or icecream, but also makes the kitchen smell lovely!
The information on the back of the label informs us of the UK Government's safe drinking limits, which are 3 to 4 units a day for men, 2 to 3 units per day for us 'weaker' women. There is a graphic of an average-sized wine glass which holds 0.9 of a UK unit to let you know how many glasses you can safely drink. A whole bottle of Harvey's Bristol Cream contains just over 13 units so drinking it in one go would definitely be considered binge-drinking! It is a very rich drink so not many people could sink a whole bottle in one sitting.
All in all, I recommend this sherry - I just keep forgetting it's there! It has a unique taste and, as a plus, it keeps for ages in the bottle, unlike wine or beer.
I am writing this review on New Years Eve but for some odd reason this fantastic product does not exists on Dooyoo yet. So in popped my suggestion and here, we are...
Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry is 17.5% vol it is an alcoholic drink for adults aged 18 year and over. My memories of this are from my great uncle who always poured a small tipple during the Christmas season when we visited. Sherry reminds me of cold winter weather and dark evening but also of family laughter and hot fires! The hot fires I remember now are my cheeks as I drink the sherry it is a definite winter warmer! Rosy cheeks and warm hands with this one!
Harvey's Bristol Sherry is produced in Bristol, which is about 20 miles from where I live so it is a bit of a local tipple for me. The sherry comes in a deep purple bottle. The bottle I have is 75cl and cost just under £8 this bottle has lasted me several years as I only drink a glass a year! This make is great value for money and it seems to get stronger every year!
I drink sherry in a wine glass the colour is deep dark amber I think it was lighter but the older it gets the darker it gets and the stronger. I think the sherry smells very strong it smells a bit fruity a bit like vanilla and a bit sweet. It is very hard to describe.
The taste of Bristol cream sherry is not at all creamy it is very sharp and not a drink you would down or drink a lot of! It tastes very hot and makes my taste buds party on my tongue. It tastes fruity and as you sips it out the glass; your head feels with the aroma of the sherry. It also has a very strong after taste, which lasts for a long time. The sherry is very filling and sweet in fact a bit too sweet really.
Cream sherry can be used in cooking I have seen recipes for Beef Stroganoff with cream sherry in but I have never used it for cooking. Actually, I think this sherry tastes a bit like Christmas cake fruity, tangy, sweet, a bit sickly and filling!
Overall I like the occasional glass (once a year) of Bristol Cream Sherry but it is not a drink I would drink regularly as it is to sickly and strong. I prefer the after taste to the actual taste of the sherry. This is a great winter warmer for those cold nights. But before you all decide I am an old biddy I am in my 20's! Bet that surprised you!!
Brand: Harveys / Type: Sherry