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Reviews for 2017

December 2017 - Brandy

December 2017 - Brandy
This month's Spirits feature is Brandy

Brandy Reviews

Monteru Chardonnay Single Grape Brandy
94 points
$47.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Dark Brandy
94 points $47.99
Gran Duque De Alba Solera Grand Reserva Brandy
93 points
$45.99
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
Wayne Gretzky Spirited Wine Muscat Brandy
92 points
$23.50
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
Lustau Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
92 points
$43
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.
Laird’s Straight Applejack 86
90 points
$29.99
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
Vecchia Romagna 35 Year Old Brandy
90 points
$400
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.
Asbach Uralt 8 Year Old Privatbrand Brandy
89 points
$47.99
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
Vecchia Romagna Riserva 10 Year Old Brandy
89 points
$50
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.
Asbach Uralt 3 Year Old Brandy
88 points
$29.99
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
Singani 63 Brandy
88 points
$29.99
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
Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy
88 points
$34.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Brandy
88 points $34.99
Kohler Chocolate Mint Brandy
87 points
$34.99
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
Monteru Cabernet Sauvignon Single Grape Brandy
87 points
$47.99
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
Wayne Gretzky Spirited Wine Vidal Blanc Brandy
86 points
$23.50
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
Kvint Surprise XO 10 Year Old Brandy
86 points
$31.99
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
Monteru Sauvignon Blanc Single Grape Brandy
86 points
$47.99
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
Vecchia Romagna Etichetta Nera Brandy
85 points
$33
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.
P: 100% Real DAnjou Pear Eau-de-Vie
85 points
$34.99
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
A: 100% Real Apple Eau-de-Vie
84 points
$29.99
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
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