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Reviews for 2013

May 2013 - World Brandies

May 2013 - World Brandies
This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies

World Brandies Reviews

Schladerer Kirschwasser
94 points
Clear. Bright dried cherry, spicy cherry custard and blossoms aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a white pepper, mineral oil, coconut water, and citrus zest accented finish. Excellent complexity and style for sipping and cocktail.
94 points $41.99
Comandon Cognac XO
94 points
Dark copper color. Wood driven aromas of dried and overripe apples, cellar, and stone fruits, nuts, spice and leather with a rich, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, pepper and baking spice finish with mineral and oak tones in support.
Kammer-Kirsch Black Forest Williams Birne
92 points
Clear. Vibrant Bartlett pear and sweet cream aromas are very attractive with a soft, slightly tannic fruity medium-to-full body with a long, drying, and warming pear skin and cider, mineral, grassy earth and pepper finish. A delicious and pure pear eau-de-vie.
92 points $40.99
Comandon Cognac VSOP
91 points
Amber color. Aromas of raisin chutney, roasted almond brittle and cake with a soft, fruity medium body and a very well integrated, supple, pepper, mineral and nut oil finish.
Deerhammer Buena Vista Brandy
90 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of dried fruit, cedar, rye nut toast, vanilla, and pickling spices with a dry medium body and a rather woody raisin, nutshell, pepper, tobacco ash, and grassy earth finish. A dry, lighter styled brandy with an oaky and somewhat grain-like character that will be good on it’s own or in crafty cocktails.
1724 Tonic Water
88 points
Best Buy
Tasted as a vodka tonic. Mild slight floral quinine, bitter lemon, and gentian aromas. Rather fruity sweet with a melon and citrus sorbet like character. A touch of anise and bitter tree bark. Lots of character in the vodka meshes well with the tonic.
88 points $2.50 Best Buy
Ivanabitch Imported VSOP French Brandy
88 points
Best Buy
Pretty golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttery caramelized roasted nuts and raisin scone with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and delicate pepper, dried apple and pear, and mineral finish. A solid choice for mixing or sipping.
88 points $15.99 Best Buy
Comandon Cognac VS
88 points
Pale amber color. Woody aromas of dried cherries, cola, and spiced nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long fig paste, cocoa, mineral, and peppery spice accented finish. Lots of character for a VS.
Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP Brandy
86 points
Best Buy
Deep copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried apricots, raisins, and toffeed nuts with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty, mineral and pepper accented finish.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Paul Masson Grande Amber VS Brandy
84 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, mocha cream, and raisin cake with a soft fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a pleasant, peppery finish.
84 points $11.99