December 2017 - Brandy

This month's Spirits feature is Brandy
Brandy Reviews
222555
Monteru
Chardonnay Single Grape Brandy
Brilliant light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh pannetone, vanilla honey buttercream on graham cracker, nougat and candy corn, and banana custard pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long creamy toasted meringue, caramelized stone fruits, and delicate spices finish. A wonderfully creamy and effortlessly drinkable brandy that will appeal to wine drinkers.
94 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222392
Gran Duque De Alba
Solera Grand Reserva Brandy
Brilliant dark amber color. Roasted, musty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, aged leather and wax, fleur de sel, and rancio with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long caramelized dried fruits, delicate spices, and pumpkin bread finish. A wonderfully expressive Spanish brandy with lovely fruit, honey, and rancio notes.
93 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220989
Wayne Gretzky
Spirited Wine Muscat Brandy
Clear color. Confected, tropical aromas of guava, mango, sweet pears, plantain, and grape runts with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long kaffir lime leaf, cherry pits, sweet ginger, lily, and chocolate genache finish. A flavor-packed brandy that will be superb in all manner of classic cocktails; a must-try.
92 points $23.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222459
Lustau
Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
Mahogany color. Roasted aromas and flavors of salty butter roasted almonds, dried fruits, old leather bound book, and olive skin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long sassafras and cola, toasty oak, and hint of soy finish. A rich, vibrant Spanish brandy with a great mix of sweet and savory flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221882
Laird’s
Straight Applejack 86
Amber color. Pure, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe autumn apples, red anjou pear, almond tart, and coconut shell with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long vanilla creme Anglaise finish. A pure, shining example of applejack; beautiful and bright.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219877
Vecchia Romagna
35 Year Old Brandy
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of vanilla, fruit salad, and dark fruit jam with a lightly tannic, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy dried cherries, whiskey barrel, charred nuts, and light iodine finish. A solid brandy with gifting potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222383
Asbach Uralt
8 Year Old Privatbrand Brandy
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of caramel, dried berries, fig spread on toast, and iced tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long vanilla, peanut butter bon bon, orange marmalade, and leather finish. A lovely brandy for sipping and swirling.
89 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219876
Vecchia Romagna
Riserva 10 Year Old Brandy
Brilliant amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of toasted fruit and raisin cakes, molasses, and spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long caramelized nuts, toasted spices, vanilla cappuccino, and oak and tobacco finish. A nice warming brandy for the fireside.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222382
Asbach Uralt
3 Year Old Brandy
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of dried strawberry, cherry, lime cordial, nougat, toasted wheat scone, and lilac with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, buoyant dark chocolate coated nuts and black tea finish. A mild yet ultra-pleasing dark brandy.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222434
Singani 63
Brandy
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced apricots and raspberries, peony and orange blossoms, and beeswax honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, very long rose and violet waters and mango chutney finish. A fabulously fruity and floral unaged brandy that Pisco fans will love.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222233
Kohler
Dark Chocolate Brandy
Dark amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of chocolate berry nut bar and cocoa powder with a silky, soft, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length creamy chocolate mousse and delicate spices finish. A nice chocolate flavored brandy that will be fun to mix with, or try on ice cream.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222331
E&J Distillers
XO Brandy
Medium dark amber color. Confected aromas of cream soda, vanilla fudge, red licorice, and brownie batter with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish. All manner of confection collides in this aromatic brandy.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222234
Kohler
Chocolate Mint Brandy
Rich dark amber color. Minty, inviting aromas of chocolate frango mint and hint of fruit cake and molasses cookie with a silky, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length chocolate milk, cooling peppermint candy cane, and hint of resiny hops finish. A fun chocolate mint brandy, after-dinner sipper.
87 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222554
Monteru
Cabernet Sauvignon Single Grape Brandy
Light gold color. Fruity, exotic aromas of juicy pear, honey drizzled pound cake, strawberry yogurt, sarsaparilla, and guanabana with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, crisp gooseberry, fresh herbs, light caramel, Spanish olives, and cotton candy finish. A bright and cheery brandy with a pisco-like appeal.
87 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222329
E&J Distillers
VS Brandy
Medium amber color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of ripe nectarine, crisp apple, and bubblegum with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length suede and caramel finish. A hugely fruity and crowd-pleasing brandy.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222330
E&J Distillers
VSOP Brandy
Medium copper color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, cotton candy, pear drop, clove, and banana taffy with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length pay day bar, cream soda, maple syrup, and brownie finish. A Wisconsin supper club of a brandy.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220990
Wayne Gretzky
Spirited Wine Vidal Blanc Brandy
Clear color. Fruity aromas of persimmon, ripe clementine, quince, and honeycrisp apple with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, breezy pineapple coulis, mixed peppercorns, and lime peel finish. A fruity brandy for summer punches.
86 points $23.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222273
Kvint
Surprise XO 10 Year Old Brandy
Medium dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of olorosso sherry, fruit cake, marcona almonds, and molasses cookies with forest berry jam filling with a glycerous, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy jamón serrano, za’atar, dried oranges, and buckwheat honey finish. A Spanish-inspired Brandy for cocktail play and after-dinner sipping.
86 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222556
Monteru
Sauvignon Blanc Single Grape Brandy
Light gold color. Aromas of candied apple, all-butter pie crust, nutmeg, and allspice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, easy spiced latte, creme caramel, caraway, and milk tea finish. An appealing brandy for springtime sipping and cocktail play.
86 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219875
Vecchia Romagna
Etichetta Nera Brandy
Rich amber color. Fruity aromas of baked peaches, mango coulis, creme anglaise, and honeyed prunes with a round, fruity medium body and a cheery apricot fruit and nut bar, sesame seed, and cinnamon tea finish. An easy drinking brandy for Wisconsin-style old fashioneds.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222255
P:
100% Real D'Anjou Pear Eau-de-Vie
Brilliant clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sautéed shittakes and sweet potatoes, pear fruit leather, miso and soy, and teriyaki vegetables with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long nut oil, spiced citrus and plantain, and vanilla hemp milk finish. An interesting very savory and earthy pear eau-de-vie with a nice texture.
85 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222333
E&J Distillers
Peach Brandy
Golden amber color. Jammy aromas of grilled peaches and apricot jam with an oily, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk dried apricot and toasted baguette finish. A fruity brandy to simplify your mixed drink game.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222254
A:
100% Real Apple Eau-de-Vie
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, spicy, vaporous aromas of baked and poached apples, pears and carrots, peppery spices, apple taffy and gum, and model glue and rubber cement with a satiny, light-to-medium body and a hot, appealing, long rock sugar sugar, waxy candy, apple bobbing pond water in a pewter tub, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A fiery moonshiney apple brandy for punches.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222332
E&J Distillers
Apple Brandy
Golden amber color. Candied aromas of green apple candy with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree oak chips and nutmeg finish. An intensely flavored brandy for easy mixed drinks.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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