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Manzanilla is a type of fino sherry made at Sanlucar de Barrameda, about 20 kilometres northeast of Jerez. Sanlucar is near the sea, on the estuary of the River Guadalquivir, and it is said that the sea breezes are responsible for the distinctive salty bitter tang of manzanilla. In Spanish manzanilla means literally ‘camomile’; it is a diminutive form of manzana, ‘apple’ (camomile has apple-scented leaves).

A manzanilla that is aged sufficiently long in cask to acquire a deeper colour and a nuttier taste is known as a manzanilla pasada.

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