May 2014 - World Brandies

This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies
World Brandies Reviews
206218
Magnotta Distillery
10-Year Old Brandy
Copper color. Lively aromas of floral peaches, bananas, spiced pear, and coconut custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and warming peppery spice, dried apple, tobacco, and chocolate cream finish with good length and depth. A very nice sipping brandy reminiscent of Armagnac; try with cigars.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206283
Schladerer
Williams Birne
Clear. Bright aromas and flavors of ripe Bartlett pear and cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, pure pear skin, nut oil, pepper and mineral nuanced finish. A very good example of a pear brandy.
92 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206169
Domaine Boyar
Biserna Muscat
Clear. Floral aromas of white potpourri, frosting, and peach tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy and clean, plum, grape, and mineral finish. Very nicely composed and attractive flavors.
91 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206215
Magnotta Distillery
Grape Barrel Aged Eau de Vie
Golden color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, caramelized nuts, and banana cream pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a warming, nut, mineral, fig, peach, and pepper finish. Very nicely balanced and rather high-rye bourbon-like from the barrel aging, mix accordingly.
91 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206208
Kinsman
Handcrafted Premium Texas Rakia
Clear. Bold aromas suggest dried apricot, peach yogurt, and white chocolate pecans with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, dried mango and papaya, cashew fruit, and peppery spice finish. Different, fun, and flavorful; will be easy to mix with.
90 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206155
Alita
Brandy
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramelized stone fruits and nuts and mocha cream with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a peach tart a la mode, leather, and white toffee finish. Very nicely balanced oak accented flavors.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206217
Magnotta Distillery
Barrel Aged Plum Brandy
Golden color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apricot bonbons, caramel frosting, and spice with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, peppery tropical citrus, plum pie, and toffee finish. Very tasty and a lively balance of fruit and oak. Try in Old Fashioned cocktails.
89 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206211
Magnotta Distillery
Vidal Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas of overripe apple and potato skins, banana yogurt, and nut brittle with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honey cream and mineral accented finish. Flavorful and stylish.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205952
Union Jake’s
Honey Brandy
Clear. Aromas of toasted pound cake, frosted wheat cereal, and honey buttered nut with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a whipped cream, nougat, dried pear and white pepper finish. Interesting. Try in off the wall cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206213
Magnotta Distillery
Cabernet Franc Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, dried potato, cooked barley and rice, and carob with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet cream, nougat, and a grilled banana finish. Interesting roasted, umami quality; will be fun to mix with, especially in Asian inspired cocktails.
85 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206260
Dawsonville Moonshine
Georgia Apple Brandy
Clear. Aromas of dried pears, powdered almond cookie, and white pepper with a supple, vaporous, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very warming, pepper, nut brittle, and apple tart finish. Tastes more like an apple flavored moonshine; will be fun to mix with.
85 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206212
Magnotta Distillery
Riesling Ice Grappa
Clear. Aromas and flavors of porridge with dried bananas, apples, nougat and balsa with a slightly tannic dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming pepper, dusty mineral, and banana leaf accented finish.
84 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206216
Magnotta Distillery
Chardonnay Eau de Vie
Clear. Aromas of cream, apple tart, and grape skin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming plantain, pepper, pear, and mineral finish. A solid digestif.
84 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206146
Twin Peaks Distillery
Applejack
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted nuts and apples, mushroom soup, lemongrass, and caramelized oak with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy apple bread pudding and nutshell finish.
84 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206214
Magnotta Distillery
Grape Eau de Vie
Clear. Bold aromas of lime Pez, baby aspirin, overripe apples, chalk eraser, and reeds with a soft, dryish light body and a pear skin, cream, and mineral oil finish. A bit vague and clumsy for an eau-de-vie, more of a light grappa.
81 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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