on 19 November 2011
Commandaria is world reknown for its (sweet) taste. It is produced only in Cyprus and KEO Commandaria is considered as the best of all known bottled & commercially available Commandarias.
The first to import it in Britain was King Richard the Lionheard when he visited the island, on his way with the Crusaders to liberate the Holy Land. He fall in love with the wine and he was the first to import it commercially in Britain. The king married in Limassol Berengaria of Navarre.
Commandaria is considered as a holy wine, used by many religions for ceremonial purposes.
I enjoy Commandaria round the year but especially in winter. You can drink it solo at ambient temperate, or cold. It is popular with ice, crushed or in cubes.
Although you can enjoy Commandaria throughout the day, most people sip Commandaria in the evenings, after a meal.
Higly recommneded as a gift to beloved ones and not only.
on 1 January 2013
Great speedy service, arrived next day always meeting expectations. Very good quality wine that we used for many years. My only comment and I always mention this in my review is that it is a red wine not white as advertised... in all very good service, great packaging. Thank you, will always recommend
on 24 November 2013
Being Cypriot, this is a very popular drink in our house but can be difficult to get hold of when you live outside of London. It is exactly as described, came in good time and I'm so glad I can get hold of some more at the click of a button!
on 5 March 2016
If you like sweet, sticky drinks, you'll love this. We used to have it at Christmas when I was young and it brings it all back. Delivery was very quick and the packaging was a miracle. My only quibble is that when you get down to the end of the bottle, it clouds over and leaves dark deposits. The answer - throw away the last bit and buy another!
on 5 December 2013
When I first discovered CommandERIE St John in the 1970s I loved its fruity full-bodied raisin flavour. It was made from two grape varieties unique to Cyprus which were sun dried prior to the fermenting process. This made it a very unique, very sweet, red dessert wine.
Unfortunately Keo are no longer able to make their wine this way and now use, I believe, the Muscat grape instead. But they make the wine in exactly the same way as the original and this means that this new incarnation - called CommandERIA St John - is every bit as good as its 1927 original.
Bottles of original CommandERIE St John are still available - from specialist collectors and auction houses - but expect to pay £90 plus a bottle. CommandERIA St John at £11 a bottle is good value for a great wine. It makes an excellent aperitif which can be drunk at room temperature or slightly chilled and is particularly good as an after-dinner drink with hot or cold desserts.