September 2022 - Brandy

September 2022 - Brandy
This month's Spirits feature is Brandy

Brandy Reviews

Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal VSOP Cognac
95 points
$57
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted walnut, fresh cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, mocha and apple butter, and dried orange peel and cashew butter with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of fruity mole, quince, and honey. Warm, spicy, and enticing; have with dessert and enjoy with abandon.
Rémy Martin Tercet VSOP Cognac
94 points
$118
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of bananas foster, orange zest and vanilla nougat, chocolate covered strawberries with cinnamon, and pecan cinnamon roll with a full body and a long finish that exhibits elements of bananas foster, spiced coffee cake, black currant, and sweet tobacco. A smooth, flavorful, and utterly delicious Cognac to sip neat after dinner, that would also be great in cocktails, but is perfect on its own.
Rémy Martin XO Cognac
94 points
$187
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of fig and dried apricot, chocolate covered ripe red cherries, vanilla, caramel, candied ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper, and chair leather with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate covered cherries, pecan, rancio, and old library, and fig and blueberry pie. A snifter of this is something that would make any lover of fine spirits happy, and makes you feel like you raided Sir Winston Churchill’s liquor cabinet.
Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac
93 points
$47
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried fig and plums, cocoa nibs and candied ginger, candied orange, and mint and tobacco with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with notes of dates, figs, and dried blood orange, orange blossom honey, cedar, sandalwood, and black tea, and pipe tobacco. A combination of oak spice and rich fruits makes this a go-to for cocktails, but also has sufficient finesse and depth to be worthy of a stand alone sipper.
Courvoisier VS Cognac
92 points
$30
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered candied orange, baked apple tart, apple cider, baking spices, clove, and sandalwood with a tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a warming, medium-long finish manifesting notes of candied orange, cocoa nips, peanut brittle and toffee, and lemon zest. Grilled apple topped with cinnamon, this is lively and delicious, and perfect for fall cocktails.
Courvoisier XO Cognac
92 points
$180
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of old french library, grilled pineapple, nuts, stewed fruits, and flakey butter pastries, and sweet orange turkish tobacco with a chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows notes of sauteed mushroom with a red fruit compote, forest floor, and figgy toffee pudding. Rich dark red fruits and nuts with that pleasantly funky umami that only comes with age.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 4 Year Old Sacred Bond Aged Brandy
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, candied pecans, spiced and poached pear, cherry cola and raisin toast, and cedar saw dust with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish conveying touches of poached pear, cinnamon bun, and melted caramel. With rich orchard fruits alongside some barrel spice and balance, this would be excellent for most traditional Brandy cocktails.
91 points $17 Best Buy
10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company Small Batch Aged Brandy
91 points
$29
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of red apple slices fried in butter, candy corn, toasted marshmallow, and waffle cone with a full body and a long finish with notes of burnt sugar, maple, and oatmeal cookies. Good for an everyday drinking Brandy, with lots of sweet candy and caramel flavors.
Branson Cognac Phantom VS Cognac
91 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of meyer lemon and valencia orange, pickled ginger, milk chocolate, and marzipan with a satiny, dryish full body and a stimulating, long finish with nuances of creme brulee with raisins, red vines in a cedar cabinet, cigar box, and green apple. Vibrant and fruity, this will make a lovely addition to a Vieux Carre or a Sidecar.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS VSOP Aged Brandy
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache and cigar ash, honey comb, basswood honey, brandied cherries, and orange marmalade with a round, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length finish conveying notes of caramel apple, leather, mocha, and grilled chocolate covered pineapple. Wood spices and a tad zippy, this makes a great sipper next to a fireplace or even with a light wrap cigar.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Mastrogiannis Baton 2 Year Old Aged Brandy
88 points
$34
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of green apple and candied lemon zest, poached bartlett pear with cinnamon and nutmeg, and over charred lemon creme brulee with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of green apple and dried flowers, brioche and brown sugar, and banana. A vibrant and youthful Brandy that could have multiple cocktail applications.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS VS Aged Brandy
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla creme candies and caramel bullseyes, butterscotch, orange peel and baking spices, and green apple with a round, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of butterscotch, creamed bing cherries, cashew toffee, and honey roasted peanut. An aged Brandy with notes of creamy nougat and butterscotch with hints of toasted nut and burnt vanilla.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
87 points
$42
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange in bruleed sugar, black cherry, baker’s dark chocolate, and rooibos with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that exhibits notes of cherries stewed in caramel brown butter, sticky toffee pudding, dried tea leaves, dates, and plums, and floral soap. Fruit and oak in an elegant balance that will serve well as a sipper, paired with a cigar, or turned in to a cocktail.
Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP Cognac
87 points
$58
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of lavender buttercream, marzipan and candied pecan, and prunes and chinese five spice with a velvety, dry medium body and a medium finish with suggestions of brown sugar and maple pastry, toffee, vanilla, caramel, mocha, and spiced green tea. An aromatic journey to French Siam with a menagerie of spiced grape flavors.
Teryan 8 Year Extra Old Brandy
86 points
$26
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon and orange oils, magic marker, and watermelon and strawberry bubble gum with a slightly chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with accents of boiled toasted oak chips, stewed fruit, and brown butter. A great after dinner drink, full of rich dark chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors.
Stella Rosa Honey Peach Brandy
86 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe peach, tart cherry, medicine, and lemon blossom with a fruity sweet medium body and a medium finish with notes of nectarine, burnt sugar, and dried apricot. A fun base for making Fuzzy Navels or an addition for a Peach Bellini.
Stella Rosa Smooth Black Berry Flavored Brandy
85 points
$35
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and orange, candied lemon, medicinal, and cotton candy with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with shades of cherry limeade and black currant. Tasty and pleasant, packed with all different kinds of flavors and aromas.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS Honey Flavored Aged Brandy
84 points
$9
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange, flat lemon lime soda, and creme brulee and butterscotch with an oily, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of vanilla caramels, orange skittles, and pear jolly rancher. Would be a fun shooter and great to add to a Margarita or a Sidecar.
Stella Rosa Tropical Passion Flavored Brandy
84 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and cherry twizzler, sweet tea, white grapefruit, and jasmine tea with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a short-to-medium finish evoking suggestions of juicy fruit gum and cantaloupe. A fun and lively addition to spike the punch bowl with at your next party.
Black Heron Smoked Gran Pisco Brandy
84 points
$39
Amber color. Aromas of toasted multigrain bread with apricot jam, yellow flowers, golden raisin and dried mango, and nutmeg dust with a silky, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium toasted nuts in orange oil, coriander, curry leaf, and black tea finish. A unique and herbal style of Pisco that would be good for Whiskey drinkers.
John Napoleon Elegance VSOP Brandy
84 points
$50
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple/pear herbal essence shampoo and conditioner, apricot and dried peach, vanilla yogurt/ tapioca, and sharpie with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a short-to-medium finish displaying accents of dried apricot, peach, and mango and cedar. A VSOP showing autumnal aromatics with flavors of dried stone fruits.
Mastrogiannis Hazy Syrah Flavored Brandy
84 points
$54
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of port wine and chocolate, cherry cough syrup, cocoa nibs, and clove with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium finish imparting notes of candied pecan in a cassis syrup, anise, toasted coconut, and peppermint. Would make for a perfect after dinner sipper on its own or paired with chocolate, caramel, and nut desserts.
Shortcut: https://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Spirits/Review-2022-09-01-Brandy.aspx