May 2013 - World Brandies

This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies
World Brandies Reviews
202005
Schladerer
Kirschwasser
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202153
Comandon
Cognac XO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202004
Kammer-Kirsch
Black Forest Williams Birne
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202152
Comandon
Cognac VSOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202259
Deerhammer
Buena Vista Brandy
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201970
1724
Tonic Water
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202059
Ivanabitch
Imported VSOP French Brandy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202151
Comandon
Cognac VS
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201485
Paul Masson
Grande Amber VSOP Brandy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201484
Paul Masson
Grande Amber VS Brandy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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