May 2015 - World Brandies

This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies
World Brandies Reviews
210287
Cardenal Mendoza
"Carta Real" Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
Bronze color. Complex, smoky aromas of dark roasted nuts, baked fruits, suede, and tobacco with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long molasses, herbs and barks, raisin bran, and nougat finish with chewy well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A sensationally complex and nuanced, well-aged Spanish brandy that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210286
Cardenal Mendoza
Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
Mahogany color. Rich, complex aromas of creme brulee, chocolate cherry fudge, roasted nuts, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, long mocha, cola, dried tropical fruitcake, and peppery spices finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A very stately and evolving Spanish brandy for contemplative sipping.
96 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209789
Singani 63
Brandy
Clear color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of orange blossoms, peach and papaya, tropical citrus, and tapioca with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long potpourri, pistachio oil, and minerals finish with soft tannins and no oak. A fantastically fragrant and delicious unaged brandy for all applications.
94 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209101
Ysabel Regina
Pedro Ximénez Brandy
Golden amber color. Bright, creamy, fruity complex aromas of cream of wheat with peaches, frosted orange cake, acacia honey, and buffalo grass with a glycerous, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long tonka bean, almond custard tart, exotic spices, and sarsaparilla finish with light oak. A brilliantly fruity and complex brandy that has a great lightness of being.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210428
Meukow
VSOP Cognac
Amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced raisin-peach compote and orange blossom honey with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long bright baking spices, dried fruits, toffee, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically vibrant and appetizing brandy with great artisanal balance and style.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210427
Meukow
VS Cognac
Golden amber color. Bright, toasty, nutty aromas of butter sautéed nuts, raisins and dates, and leather wood chair with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long cherry chocolate toffee, mocha phosphate, and baking spices finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A very polished and well integrated VS Cognac with generous fruit and spice.
91 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210238
Kvint
Divin 5 Year Old VSOP Brandy
Amber color. Bright, toasty, oaky aromas of dark roasted pecans and almonds, chocolate, logs on the fire, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length mocha cream, honeyed dried fruits, and cedar finish with dusty leafy woody tannins and moderate oak. A lively, buoyant brandy with nice fruit and tingling warmth.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210288
Romate
Brandy
Copper color. Rich, complex aromas of dark sautéed almonds, leather, and raisin bread pudding with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long nutskin, cedar, and cocoa finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully lively Spanish brandy that hits all of the right toasty, nutty notes.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210185
Laird’s
Jersey Lightning Unaged Apple Brandy
Clear color. Delicate, buttery, fruity spicy aromas of spiced fall fruits, sweet creamy meringue, and praline with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long minerals, macadamia cookie, and pepper finish with soft tannins and no oak. A nicely warming and elegant fruit brandy that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209920
Woody Creek
Pear Brandy
Clear color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of spiced pears, creme brulee, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, relaxed dusty pears and apples, pepper, gravel, and nutshell finish with light oak. A dry and fiery fruit brandy that will pop in cocktails.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210284
Vermont
Apple Brandy No. 14
Golden amber color. Rich, toasty, buttery aromas of nougat, cedar, raisins, and vanilla with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, snappy pencil shavings, nuts, and pepper finish with moderate oak. A nice brandy for mixing.
85 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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