Wine of the Week #1529: Emilio Lustau East India Sweet Sherry

[ n/v Lustau East India Sweet Sherry ]


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[ Why We Love It: ]

East India is a sweet Sherry made by Emilio Lustau and has been a customer favourite in Ontario for more than two decades. This wine is produced employing methods meant to mimic the style of 17th century wines that faced transatlantic voyages to reach various Spanish colonies. During these long journeys, casks of Sherry would be used as ballast in the ships. Demand for these Sherries grew as wine drinkers around the world discovered that this process imparted distinct complexity and smoothness in the wines. Today, Lustau celebrates and acknowledges this important piece of Sherry heritage through the production of their East India Solera.

East India is produced from two separately vinified batches of Sherry – both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez. These wines are aged separately in American Oak casks for 12 years and are then blended together before being put back into barrel for an additional 3 years of aging before the final product is bottled. This is one of the most delicious and complex sweet wines you’ll find anywhere, with delicious flavours and aromas of candied citrus peel, toasted nuts and dried fruit – a combination that tastes almost like a glass full of buttered raisins. This is an ideal wine to serve at the end of a meal, either with dessert or fuller flavoured cheeses.

[ Recipes & Food Pairings: ]

Maple Panna Cotta w/ Poached Pears – RECIPE

Roquefort + Honey Ice Cream – RECIPE

Dark Chocolate Belgian Waffles – RECIPE

[ Price: ]

BOTTLE: $24.95

CASE: $299.40


[ Technical Specs: ]

ALCOHOL: 20.0%


CASE PACK: 12 x 500mL

GRAPES: 80% Palomino (Oloroso) + 20% Pedro Ximenez

CLOSURE: Natural Cork Stopper



[ Tasting Notes: ]

“Readers looking for something weighty, sweet, and provocative should check out the non-vintage East India Solera. A blend of soleras averaging 15 to 50 years of age, it boasts a dark amber color as well as a huge nose of melted toffee, caramel, figs, and prunes. This over-the-top yet surprisingly vibrant (because of good acidity) effort is best drunk as dessert at the end of a meal. ”

94 / 100 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr. /

“Another tremendous value here from Lustau, this East India Solera, a blend of well-aged dry oloroso and sweet PX, delivers a wonderfully treacly, nutty, burnt orange, raisins, dates and caramel-flavoured palate. The finish lingers on and on. Sweet but not cloying, balanced by pleasant bitterness on the finish.”

91 / 100 Points

John Szabo, Master Sommelier /

Wine of the Week #1529: n/v Lustau East India Sweet Sherry

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#Sherry #Sweet Wine #Lustau #Spain