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September 2019 - Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa & World Brandy

September 2019 - Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa & World Brandy
This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa & World Brandy

Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa & World Brandy Reviews

Camus XO Cognac
93 points
$185
Copper color. Aromas of parsley, cilantro, bamboo, cedar, juniper, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long peach tart, apple blossom honey, poached pear, passionfruit, and jamon iberico finish. An herbal, spicy XO cognac with a distinctive personality.
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
92 points
$59.72
Amber color. Aromas of pecan praline, creme brulee, and brown butter with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length brown sugar, proscuitto, caramel-drizzled salted almonds, pretzels, and milk chocolate finish. A rock-solid cognac with rich caramelly notes that mingle with elegant and mature character.
92 points $59.72
Asbach 15 Year Old Brandy
92 points
$89.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered black licorice, caramelized apple, orange marmalade, allspice, turmeric, and nutmeg with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long wild strawberry, black tea, orange custard, and hint of olive brine finish. A tender and silky dark brandy with big notes of fruit and spice.
92 points $89.99
Courvoisier XO Cognac
92 points
$150
Dark amber color. Aromas of jasmine, toffee, marcona almonds, sea spray, amarena cherries, clove, and star anise with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a silky, involved, very long caramel, milk chocolate, pickled peach, bread pudding, walnut praline, espresso, and olives finish. An elegant floral XO cognac that layers the palate in decadence with each sip.
Camus Very Special Cognac
91 points
$35
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of ripe heirloom apple, caramel, sticky date pudding, and hint of smoked nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length cherry stone liqueur, orange marmalade, and cinnamon smoke finish. A fruity and cheerful VS cognac that offers a great value.
91 points $35 Best Buy
Courvoisier Sherry Cask Cognac
90 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of ripe tangerine, kumquat, crystalized ginger, honey-walnut, cola, incense, and leather with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, long lime leaf, musk, dried cherries, and hint of licorice finish. A silky, nuanced cognac with a perfume-like note that enchants the senses.
90 points $39.99
Gran Duque De Alba Solera Grand Reserva Brandy
89 points
$48.99
Dark copper color. Aromas of black toast, ripe orange, prune, almond croissant, burnt sugar, oregano, and stewed apples with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted banana and cocoa powder finish. A toasty, flavorful Spanish brandy that will be great, spicy pick for Spanish coffees and after-dinner cocktails.
89 points $48.99
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
88 points
$37.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe fig, dried apple, dried cherry, and oatmeal raisin cookies with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish that presents impressions of cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice, and spiced orange tea finish. A rich, full-bodied VSOP cognac with a fruit-forward style and spicy finish.
88 points $37.99
Camus VSOP Cognac
87 points
$55
Golden amber color. Aromas of cheesecake, sarsaparilla, caramel, orange blossom, and candied orange peel with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length peach skin, roasted pineapple, polished oak, black tea, bitter lemon, and pickled aliums finish. A firm and fruity VSOP with a solid backbone of fine oak.
Courvoisier VS Cognac
86 points
$24.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple compote, cinnamon fritter, almond nougat, and apricot with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, engaging, breezy finish that shows notes of polished oak and black tea finish. A mild and mixable VS cognac.
86 points $24.99
E&J Distillers VSOP Brandy
85 points
$10
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of melon candies, caramel sauce, moon pie, green apple, and fruit smoothie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, brisk finish with touches of ice cream sandwich. A fruity brandy with a creamy, chocolatey finish.
E&J Distillers XO Brandy
85 points
$10
Amber color. Sweet aromas of vanilla yogurt, mixed berry jam, spumoni, and spiced banana with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length cherry candy, root beer float, and orange creamsicle finish. A dizzying array of confected flavors that will definitely please your sweet tooth.
Argonaut Saloon Strength Brandy
85 points
$28.99
Gold color. Aromas of pancakes, toasted hazelnut, brioche, and dried fruits with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery vanilla pudding, spiced doughnuts, orange zest, and berry gummies finish. A mild and oak-centric brandy to add creamy character to brandy cocktails.
85 points $28.99
E&J Distillers Vanilla Brandy
84 points
$10
Amber color. Sweet aromas of vanilla steamer, caramel sauce, and toffee cookies with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a polished, short creme filled caramels finish. A creamy, caramel-kissed brandy for mixed drinks; try with cola.
E&J Distillers VS Brandy
83 points
$10
Golden amber color. Sweet aromas of popovers with honey butter, bubblegum, strawberry jam, green apple, sweet tea, and caramel with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pistachio gelato, french vanilla, raspberry macaron, and peppercorns finish. A candied and somewhat spicy dark brandy that will play well in cocktails.
E&J Distillers Apple Brandy
83 points
$10
Gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of green apple candy, caramel lollipop, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a tingling, quick finish with elements of sour apple candies finish. A candied caramel-apple of a spirit for sweet-tooths.
E&J Distillers Peach Brandy
83 points
$10
Golden amber color. Aroma of peach liqueur with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a silky, brisk caramel cookie and apricots in syrup finish. A peachy spirit for sweet mixed drinks.
Argonaut Speculator Brandy
83 points
$38
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of shortbread, vanilla creme, peach cobbler, plantain, and carnation with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish revealing shades of chamomile, heirloom apple, and stroopwafel finish. An interesting, slightly herbal brandy that offers a light and elegant style.
Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy
81 points
$52.99
Light gold color. Aromas of buttered popcorn, cinnamon toast, dried apricot, apple skin, and parchment with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a tingling, short chocolate, berry jam, and hint of saffron finish. A milder brandy to try in a Wisconsin-style Old Fashioned.
81 points $52.99
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