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May 2014 - World Brandies

May 2014 - World Brandies
This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies

World Brandies Reviews

Magnotta Distillery 10-Year Old Brandy
92 points
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
Schladerer Williams Birne
92 points
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
Domaine Boyar Biserna Muscat
91 points
Best Buy
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
Magnotta Distillery Grape Barrel Aged Eau de Vie
91 points
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
Kinsman Handcrafted Premium Texas Rakia
90 points
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
Alita Brandy
89 points
Best Buy
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
Magnotta Distillery Barrel Aged Plum Brandy
89 points
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
Magnotta Distillery Vidal Ice Grappa
88 points
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
Union Jake’s Honey Brandy
86 points
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.
Magnotta Distillery Cabernet Franc Ice Grappa
85 points
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
Dawsonville Moonshine Georgia Apple Brandy
85 points
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
Magnotta Distillery Riesling Ice Grappa
84 points
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
Magnotta Distillery Chardonnay Eau de Vie
84 points
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
Twin Peaks Distillery Applejack
84 points
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
Magnotta Distillery Grape Eau de Vie
81 points
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