About Dark Brandy

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Grape Brandy is Brandy distilled from fermented grape juice or crushed but not pressed grape pulp and skin. This spirit is aged in wooden casks (usually oak) which colors it, mellows the palate, and adds additional aromas and flavors.
Top Picks for Dark Brandy
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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
217644
Monteru
Rare Cask Finish "Sauternes" Brandy
Light gold color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of varnished wood, leather and tea leaves, caramelized roasted nuts and dried fruits, and geranium pear and melon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long rich spices, minerals, and creme brulee finish. A vibrantly delicious brandy with great flavor and texture.
94 points $57.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217645
Monteru
Rare Cask Finish "Sherry" Brandy
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of nougat, honeyed stone fruits and banana, white chocolate cookie, and lemon custard cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long apricot marmalade, sandalwood, baking spices, and sweet cream finish. A silky, satisfying brandy with a rich core of fruit.
93 points $57.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217646
Monteru
Rare Cask Finish "Triple Toast" Brandy
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of leather bound cedar cigar box, peach-mango chutney, cracked peppercorns, nutmeg, and allspice, and fruitcake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long oak and tobacco, brown spices, honey cream, and minerals and earth finish. A robust, spicy, very oak-influenced brandy for contemplative sipping or cigars.
93 points $57.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217205
Sarajishvili
XO Brandy
Dark copper color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of leather chair, dried fruits, chestnut honey, and pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length conditioned leather, spiced raisins, cola, and mossy earth finish. A nice woody brandy that will play nice nicely in whiskey cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206218
Magnotta Distillery
10-Year Old Brandy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217634
Kvint
3 Year Old Brandy
Medium amber color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of salty roasted nuts, caramelized fruits, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, snappy mocha, spiced nuts, and sandalwood finish. A smooth and flavorful aged brandy that will be very versatile.
91 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217204
Sarajishvili
VS Brandy
Brilliant amber color. Savory, umami aromas and flavors of salty nuts and olives, conditioned leather, raisins in balsamic, and brown butter with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length oak, browns spices, cola float with mocha gelato, and mossy earth finish. A woody, spicy brandy for cigars or cocktails.
91 points $20 Best Buy
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
217648
Wollersheim Distillery
1876 Press House Brandy
Medium gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of leather, polished cedar, and dry raisin toast with a soft, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long dried citrus and herbs, straw and tobacco, and vanilla finish. A very interesting dry, rustic, and woody brandy reminiscent of an old Armagnac.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab