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May 2012 - Brandy & Calvados

May 2012 - Brandy & Calvados
This month's Spirits feature is Brandy & Calvados

Brandy & Calvados Reviews

Chauffe Coeur Calvados VSOP
95 points
$45
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.
Le Reviseur V.S.O.P. Cognac
93 points
$49
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.
Berneroy XO Calvados
93 points
$60
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.
Monte Sabotino Gran Riserva Superiore Brandy
93 points
$99.95
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
Berneroy VSOP Calvados
90 points
$34
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.
Sarajishvili Very Old Brandy
90 points
$35
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.
Le Reviseur V.S. Cognac
90 points
$39
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.
Straldjanska Muscat Matured Rakia
89 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Roger Groult Calvados Pays dAuge
87 points
$65
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.
Gorelli B.S. Brandy
86 points
$50
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.
Peshterska Matured Rakia
85 points
$18
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.
Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy
85 points
$45
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.
OG XO Original Gangster French Brandy
84 points
$21.99
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
Cedar Ridge Distillery Apple Brandy
83 points
$36.99
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
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