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May 2015 - World Brandies

May 2015 - World Brandies
This month's Spirits feature is World Brandies

World Brandies Reviews

Cardenal Mendoza "Carta Real" Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
98 points
$100
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.
Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
96 points
$44.99
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
Ysabel Regina Pedro Ximénez Brandy
94 points
$55
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.
Meukow VSOP Cognac
93 points
$29.99
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
Meukow VS Cognac
91 points
$23.99
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
Kvint Divin 5 Year Old VSOP Brandy
90 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Romate Brandy
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Laird’s Jersey Lightning Unaged Apple Brandy
89 points
$29
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.
Woody Creek Pear Brandy
87 points
$39.99
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
Vermont Apple Brandy No. 14
85 points
$44.95
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
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