About Georgian Spirits

About Georgian Spirits
There are several types of spirits produced in Georgia, including vodka and whiskey, but it is brandy that is the most important. Chacha is a clear pomace brandy (a la grappa from Italy), that is one of the country's signature products.

As with brandies produced in other countries, there are various quality levels based on the length of aging. VSOP brandies are the most polished and complex, with favors of coconut, toffee and pepper. These are meant for after dinner sipping.

Top Picks for Georgia

Sarajishvili XO Brandy
92 points
Dark copper color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of leather chair, dried fruits, chestnut honey, and pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish revealing accents of conditioned leather, spiced raisins, cola, and mossy earth finish. A nice woody brandy that will play nice nicely in whiskey cocktails.
Sarajishvili VS Brandy
91 points
Best Buy
Brilliant amber color. Savory, umami aromas and flavors of salty nuts and olives, conditioned leather, raisins in balsamic, and brown butter with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish displaying impressions of oak, browns spices, cola float with mocha gelato, and mossy earth finish. A woody, spicy brandy for cigars or cocktails.
91 points $20 Best Buy
Sarajishvili Extra Special Reserve
87 points
Clear dark amber color. Spicy, earthy aromas and flavors of spicy fruitcake, dark sautéed nuts, leather, and varnished wood with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of walnut skin and shell, artisan cola and birch beer, maple nut fudge, and clay and lumber finish. A flavorful, woody brandy sipper; try with cigars.