The Bar­badillo Ver­sos 1891, one of the world’s rarest sher­ries, is now avail­able in Hong Kong.

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Sherry may not be quite as pop­u­lar as fine French wine is in our fra­grant har­bour, but fans of for­ti­fied wines could do far worse than pick­ing up a bot­tle of Ver­sos 1891. Pro­duced by Span­ish fam­ily wine­maker Bar­badillo, only 100 bot­tles of this lux­ury 19th century Amon­til­lado sherry ex­ist, and only 15 have made their way to Hong Kong. The equally lux­u­ri­ous price tag is £8,000 (HK$84,000) per bot­tle.

The Ver­sos 1891 is of­fered di­rectly from one of the five casks re­ferred to as Los Niños ('the chil­dren's casks') in the Bar­badillo fam­ily's per­sonal col­lec­tion. The Ver­sos 1891 was orig­i­nally a gift to for­mer Bar­badillo di­rec­tor, poet and sherry ex­pert, Manuel Bar­badillo, by his fa­ther as a chris­ten­ing gift in 1891. Aged in a cen­turies-old Amer­i­can oak cask and kept in the cel­lars of the Bar­badillo win­ery, lo­cated at San­lú­car de Bar­rameda in An­dalucía, south­ern Spain, this sherry has gone through gen­er­a­tions of wine­mak­ers who care­fully tended to the wine in or­der to pro­duce a well-bal­anced vin­tage.

The ap­pear­ance of the Ver­sos 1891 is char­ac­terised by deep ma­hogany colour. On the palate, it has in­tense nutty, woody and rich dried­fruit flavours. Bot­tled in crys­tal glass, in­di­vid­u­ally carved and etched with gold, with a hand-painted bot­tle­neck fin­ished with a plat­inum col­lar, the bot­tle is ex­clu­sively avail­able in Hong Kong through Bri­tish wine and spirit mer­chant Berry Bros & Rudd.

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