In 1835, 23 year-old Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel reached Jerez prepared to forge his way in the prosperous and thriving sherry business. Encouraged by the continuous development of sherry exports, that year he acquired a small cellar and began to prepare and export his own wine. Shortly after, due to the growing success of his company, Manuel decided to form a partnership with Mr Robert Blake Byass, his agent in England, which gave rise 35 years after foundation and many name changes, to the Gonzalez Byass Company. He was lucky to receive wise counsel from his uncle, D. Jose Angel de la Pena, who was later to be immortalized as the world famous Tio Pepe.
Gonzalez Byass’ number one brandy, ‘Soberano’ is aged in former American oak Sherry barrels. Just as with their Sherries, Gonzalez Byass uses the Solera system for their Brandy. After each bottling, new brandy is added to the barrels to ensure they are always full. This brandy’s solera system was established 150 years ago, so a few drops from the original distillation is in each bottle. Dark amber colour; gentle sherry, toffee/vanilla, cocao, candied citrus peel and floral, walnut aromas and flavours; smoothly textured with a slightly sweet palate; long rich and mellow finish.