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July 2021 - Brandy

July 2021 - Brandy
This month's Spirits feature is Brandy

Brandy Reviews

Courvoisier XO Cognac
93 points
$150
Copper color. Aromas of burnt sugar, peppercorns, heirloom apples, ginger, molasses, and lemon balm with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long dark chocolate, cappuccino, and gingerbread finish. A bright and concentrated XO with a roasty finish and elegant style.
Awards: 2021 Best Cognac
Bisquit & Dubouché XO Cognac
92 points
$180
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted spice cake, buttercream, marzipan, apple custard, and spiced carob with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, endless finish with accents of graphite, mocha latte, spiced pistachio in dark chocolate, ginger-peach tea, and cured meats. Exceptional length gives an indulger pause; sip slowly and contemplatively.
Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac
91 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of cola, chai tea, candied nuts, prune, and dried banana with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced caramel, hazelnut creme, and hints of prosciutto finish. A rich VS Cognac that delivers great intensity for the category; Sazeracs and Vieux Carres await.
Branson Cognac XO Premier Cru Cognac
91 points
$249
Amber color. Aromas of heirloom apple, buttered brioche, candied cherry, finest baking spices, dried apricot, horehound, and dried pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long cappuccino, toasted almonds, hazelnuts swimming in dark chocolate ganache, and smoked meats finish. An endlessly satisfying palate keeps you coming back in this excellent XO Cognac.
Courvoisier VS Cognac
89 points
$25
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, toasted brioche, spiced apple, and candied peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying notes of green apple and melon. A bold and full-bodied VS cognac with fruit flavors that pop on the palate.
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
89 points
$35
Dark amber color. Aromas of sweet baking spices, sarsaparilla, prunes, and sticky toffee pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long leather, glazed nuts, hints of baked brie, and pineapple upside down cake finish. A rich and nuanced VSOP Cognac that over-delivers for its category; highly recommended.
Merlet VS Cognac
89 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of prunes, magnolia, toffee, buttered brioche, and honey with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish conveying accents of roasted nuts with chocolate, hints of arugula, and leather. A solid VS Cognac that will be stupendous in Sidecar cocktails.
Merlet XO Cognac
89 points
$100
Amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of damson plum, smoked pecans, shortbread, roasted pineapple, and fine black tea with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of chocolate covered peanut crisp and toasted coconut. A rock solid XO Cognac for decadent stirred cocktails.
Branson Cognac Phantom VS Cognac
88 points
$49
Amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of creme brulee, cinnamon-dusted raisins, pear blossom, kiwi preserves, and toasted hazelnut with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length finish. An easy-drinking, fruit-forward VS Cognac that’s an effortless crowdpleaser.
Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP Cognac
88 points
$58
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple pie, roasted peach, spiced tea, and speculoos cookies with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish. Sweet baking spices and charming ripe orchard fruit flavors abound.
Yebiga Bela Plum Brandy
87 points
$29
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe plum, white cherry, seville orange, hints of banana, and figs with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish. A light, fruity and fragrant Brandy that will make for accessible, fresh cocktails.
Yebiga Prva Plum Brandy
86 points
$39
Golden straw color. Aromas of butterscotch, sugar plum, hints of candied watermelon, heirloom apple, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy fruit cake, marzipan, and peppercorns finish. A toasty and fruity Brandy that will make fun cocktails.
Branson Cognac Royal VSOP Cognac
86 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas of baked peach, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and caramel-drizzled apple with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed candied dried plum and pecan praline finish. A mild but satisfying VSOP Cognac that will play well in a classic Sidecar cocktail.
Branson Cognac VSOP Cognac Grande Champagne
86 points
$69
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of hints of sweet cigarillo, raisin bread pudding, and baked banana with a soft, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of walnut and butter. A light on its feet VSOP Cognac for mixed drinks and simple sips.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Armagnac Brandy
86 points
$400
Dark amber color. Interesting aromas of apple wood, marcona almonds, amontillado sherry, and bread pudding with raisins with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long sea spray, biscuit with honey, peat, and fruit cake finish. A very distinctive Armagnac with a nose of sherry and a palate of smoky Single Malt Scotch; a very interesting curio for both the whiskey and brandy aficionado.
Suyo Single-Origin Pisco
85 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, fruit cup, cucumber agua fresca, and banana with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy pear jam, hints of dried cherry, and malt finish. A silky smooth pisco for effortless cocktails.
Black Dirt New York Apple Jack Brandy
85 points
$48
Golden amber color. Oaky aromas of sarsaparilla, peanut marzipan, spiced tea, sandalwood, and caramel apple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length spumoni and caramel sauce finish. A heavily oaked Applejack to try in creative and tasty Wisconsin Old Fashioneds.
Merlet Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac
85 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas of fresh baked bread, raisin pudding, dried apricot, and hints of tobacco with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy cola, nuts skins, and peppercorns finish. A tingling VSOP Cognac that will work well in mixed drinks and casual cocktails.
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