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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
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
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.
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
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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