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Reviews for 2020

October 2020 - Brandy

October 2020 - Brandy
This month's Spirits feature is Brandy

Brandy Reviews

Ferrand Selection des Anges XO Cognac
94 points
$190
Brilliant amber color. Inviting, tropical aromas of roasted cashew, baked apple, ripe tropical fruits, milk tea, toffee, and tapioca with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long honey-roasted macadamia, strawberry jam on toast, minerals, flint smoke, black tea, and honeysuckle finish. A memorable Cognac that truly stands out in its class; an exotic, traveling finish full of tropical fruits, nuts and mouthwatering minerality.
Awards: 2020 Best Cognac
Courvoisier XO Cognac
92 points
$150
Dark amber color. Inviting aromas of spice cake, raisin bran, candied apple, white pepper, peppermint, and prosciutto with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long dried figs, spiced toffee, black tea, cedar, and star anise finish. A full-bodied XO Cognac with rich flavors of fruit, oak, spice and rancio.
D’USSÉ XO Cognac
90 points
$230
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas of cola, coconut cream, ripe oranges, roasted nuts, and hits of sherry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long sticky toffee pudding with figs, dulce de leche, turmeric, fruit and nut press, and chocolate-covered espresso bean finish. A creamy, spicy, decadent Cognac with a spectrum of flavors to uncover.
Courvoisier VS Cognac
89 points
$25
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricots, ripe pear, mangos, raisins, panettone with cinnamon and honey butter, ripe tangerine, and slate with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of hints of ginger, caraway, and caramel apples. A complex VS Cognac that overdelivers for the category; snag this great value for the holidays.
Catan Pisco Reserve
89 points
$34.99
Clear color. Pure aromas of peaches in honey, magnolia, and ripe melon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long orange blossom water, rose water cookies, and tangerine zest finish. A delicate, fruity and floral Pisco with a silky-smooth gentle finish; excellent for stirred cocktails and sipping neat.
89 points $34.99
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
89 points
$35
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, tangerine, spiced tea, and custard tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of tobacco, ginger, and apricot. A rich VSOP that delivers; perfect for Cognac cocktails and an affordable luxury to sip neat.
D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
89 points
$50
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, singed pie crusts, ripe stone fruit, hints of banana, and spiced latte with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, layered, medium-long finish displaying touches of gooey caramel apple pie, leather, chocolate sponge, and nutmeg. A luxuriously textured VSOP Cognac with length that overdelivers for the category.
Nyak VS Cognac
88 points
$34
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-drizzled raisins, crushed toffee, figs, apple tart, and honey on toast with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with nuances of dried tropical fruit, chocolate-mint and ground peppercorns. A solid VS Cognac that’s a snap to cocktail with; rich and fruity.
Kvint XO Surprise 10 Year Aged Brandy
87 points
$29
Copper color. Aromas of cocoa powder, caramel cream, baklava, and Payday bar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long raisins, dried figs, spiced molasses cake, and cappuccino finish. Dreamy oak shines in this sippable Brandy.
Seignette VS Cognac
87 points
$35
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, apricot, salted toffee, spice cake, cedar, and popcorn with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed finish with accents of rum raisin ice cream and cinnamon candies. A lifted and bright Cognac that will work well in a variety of thoughtfully crafted cocktails.
Gran Gala VS Cognac
86 points
$19
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted brioche, orange peel, hints of apricot, spiced pumpkin loaf, and caramel-apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick herbal tea finish. A highly mixable, slightly yeasty Cognac that is a good match to champagne cocktails.
Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask Edition Specialty Spirit
86 points
$40
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of brandy-soaked raisins, prunes, fruit cake, and honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with impressions of cracked pepper. A fruity, peppery option for curious Cognac drinkers; a tasty cocktail modifier that will offer a spin on the classics.
Star Union Spirits Apple Fruit Brandy
86 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple cake, hints of maple buttercream, cherry preserves, and toasted cereal with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish with overtones of pear tart. Toasty oak and orchard fruit mingle in this fun and mixable immature Fruit Brandy.
Star Union Spirits Cherry Fruit Brandy
86 points
$60
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of popcorn, green apple, hints of pumpkin spice cheesecake, and mint with a supple, bright, dry light body and a seamless, intriguing, breezy finish evoking notes of cracked pepper and baking spices. A delicate Fruit Brandy with hints of baking spices; an easy intro to barrel-aged spirits.
E&J Distillers XO Extra Smooth Brandy
85 points
$10
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, cinnamon rolls, spumoni, and rocky road ice cream with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish. A rich, chocolatey Brandy with lots of mixing possibilities.
E&J Distillers Vanilla Brandy
85 points
$10
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple jelly, circus peanuts, pineapple gummies, and caramel with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of cream soda. A sweet and fruity Flavored Brandy for mixed drinks; try with sodas and juices.
E&J Distillers VS Brandy
84 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Fruity, confected aromas and flavors of rum raisin ice cream, green apple in caramel, cinnamon pastry, spumoni, and circus peanuts with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A fruity brandy for easy mixing.
84 points $10 Best Buy
E&J Distillers VSOP Superior Reserve Brandy
84 points
$10
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, white chocolate, nougat, and cola with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish that shows accents of vanilla syrup. A rich, vanilla-centric Brandy that is a great match to cola.
Star Union Spirits Immature Brandy
84 points
$60
Gold color. Aromas of buttered popcorn and apple fritters with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a brisk nickel and honey butter on toast finish. A young, oaky Brandy for cocktail play.
E&J Distillers Apple Brandy
83 points
$10
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of green apple candy, caramel sauce, and watermelon jolly rancher with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy finish revealing overtones of apple cider donut. Sweet apple flavors shine in this candied Flavored Brandy.
HARTLEY VSOP Flavored Brandy
82 points
$8
Dull gold color. Aromas and flavors of tea, ginseng, spumoni, green apple, and melon soda with a supple, bright, dry light body and a sleek, short finish evoking overtones of Payday bar finish. A distinctive mash-up of flavors makes this a curious spirit to mix with sodas and juices.
E&J Distillers Peach Brandy
80 points
$10
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach schnapps, peach gummies, and hints of grapefruit with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits notes of orange popsicle. A fruity, candied Brandy for easy mixed drinks.
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