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Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real
Cardenal Mendoza

Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real

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In 1887 the owners of Sánchez Romate Hermanos began to make a unique, different brandy for their own consumption. The quality soon earned increasing fame and the winery decided to market it with the name Cardenal Mendoza.

The brandy Cardenal Mendoza, matured in Sherry casks, has an average age of at least 15 years, much more than the required minimum. All our brandies are Solera Gran Reserva, the highest category within the regulating council of Brandy de Jerez. It is the noble spirit from the area around Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. Cask at the Back refers to those barrels which were stored at the back of the warehouse and were usually there for longer than those at the front since Access was more difficult. The gin they contained thus developed a deeper colour and a slightly different carácter, above all in those barrels which had contained sherry.

In 1981, in celebration of the bi-centenary of the bodega and looking toward the new century, a parcel of Cardenal Mendoza was set aside to commemorate the new millennium. This brandy quietly matured for nearly two decades patiently awaiting its bottling and launch onto the market. We call it Carta Real in memory of a dinner at which wines and brandies from Sánchez Romate were served in the Royal Palace of Madrid on the 2nd December 1900.

At that time, Juan Manuel Sánchez y Gutiérrez de Castro, the bodega’s proprietor, was a minister to King Alfonso XII, and ennobled by him with the title Duke of Algeciras in recognition of his successful organisation of the International Conference of Algeciras in 1906.

Bottle size: 750ml

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Notes of Scent & Flavor

  • Nose

    Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real is an elegant Brandy de Jerez with an average age of over twenty-five years, aged in barrels seasoned with old Oloroso.
  • Palate

    Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real: unique brandy with seductive, bright hues of old mahogany, it has an extremely elegant aroma of fine old oak with traces of raisin and prune, while on the palate it is beautifully rounded, smooth and lingering, the sort of exceptional characteristics one might expect from a brandy aged over such a long period.

“Carta Real A Brandy for a Royal Occasion.”


As an authentic Sherry Brandy or Brandy de Jerez, Cardenal Mendoza is made from a selection of spirits between 36 and 45 degrees, obtained from the distillation of wine and aged in the traditional system of Criaderas & Solera. The collection of casks for Cardenal Mendoza, previously seasoned with Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry wines, make up one of the largest wineries for Solera Gran Reserva brandy: it ensures the age and quality of our brandy.

Our Sherry Brandy is the result of more than 200 years of passion, craftsmanship and experience in brandy production. The collection is just a small example of our tradition and legacy in the ageing of Brandy de Jerez. Fifty Pounds Gin is our name not our price! The result is a London Dry Gin that spans the centuries and allows us the liberty to describe Fifty Pounds Gin as historic in essence, modern in spirit.

Featured Cocktail Recipe

Served Neat


2.5 oz Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real


  1. Enjoy neat in a brandy snifter glass. Salud!