May 2012 - Brandy & Calvados

This month's Spirits feature is Brandy & Calvados
Brandy & Calvados Reviews
198170
Chauffe Coeur
Calvados VSOP
Amber color. Enticing aromas of spicy apple strudel and creamy almond nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, lively spicy poached apple, mineral and vanilla cream finish. Incredibly delicious and elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198579
Le Reviseur
V.S.O.P. Cognac
Pure amber color. Aromas of floral honeycomb, dried fruits, cola, and pistachio nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant dance of nuts, spices, cider, caramel, and minerals. A very polished and stylish VSOP.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197995
Berneroy
XO Calvados
Bright amber color. Aromas of raisin-apple chutney, praline, wax, and pepper with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an apple creme brulee and baking spice accented finish. Elegant and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198222
Monte Sabotino
Gran Riserva Superiore Brandy
Deep amber copper color. Bright fruity aromas of chocolate orange peels, cherry cola, and custard with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, lingering, fruit stripe gum, lush brown spices, and pistachio gelato finish. Decadently delicious and vibrant.
93 points $99.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197994
Berneroy
VSOP Calvados
Amber color. Dusty apple skin, honeycomb, and spice aromas with a silky, dryish medium body and a floury apple custard pastry and mineral finish. A nice choice for mixing or sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198224
Sarajishvili
Very Old Brandy
Deep copper color with an olive rim. Bright butter sautéed almond, salt water taffy, leather, and delicate peppery spice and herb aromas and flavors with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sweet poached plum, peppercorn, cola, and limestone accented finish. Very nice and reminiscent of Spanish brandy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198578
Le Reviseur
V.S. Cognac
Bright pale amber color. Layered aromas of figs, dried pear, praline, waxy honeycomb, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, lively, interplay of fruits, nuts, chocolate, spices, and minerals. A delightful, vivacious VS that will be great in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198176
Straldjanska
Muscat Matured Rakia
Golden straw color. Floral dried apricot and golden raisin aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a piquant, perfumey white flower, pink pepper, and mineral oil accented finish. Stylish.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198171
Roger Groult
Calvados Pays d'Auge
Pale amber color Woody aromas of mocha, glued wood, grilled apples and pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a piquant, peppery spice, salted caramelized nut, dusty earth, and polished wood accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198234
Gorelli
B.S. Brandy
Pale amber color with a olive chestnut cast. Fino sherry flor, salted almond, dusty raisin and grassy earth aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a candied yellow plum, straw and sweet cream accented finish. Interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198175
Peshterska
Matured Rakia
Golden amber color. Aromas of buttery pistachio praline and peach chutney with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a smooth, warming, grassy earth accented finish. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197712
Santa Fe Spirits
Apple Brandy
Bright golden amber color. Sweet baked and dried apple, cedar and delicate spice aromas with a very soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a peppery spice, chalk, nutmeg and fennel accented finish. Lots of spicy, earthy apple character for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198199
OG
XO Original Gangster French Brandy
Amber color. Aromas of mocha milkshake and pecan pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, nutty, caramel corn accented finish.
84 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197788
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Apple Brandy
Bright amber color. Aromas of baked green apples, clay and molten model plastic with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, caramel, shellac and gravel road accented finish.
83 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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