About World Brandies from USA

About World Brandies from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

World Brandies

Frísco Brandy
92 points
$35
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, floral aromas of sweet plantain, ripe cantaloupe, iris, aniseed, sandalwood, and grapefruit with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, captivating, medium-long violet, orange blossom, sour cherry preserve, eucalyptus, and kumquat finish. A vivacious and smooth clear brandy that seems a cousin to South America’s famous eau de vies.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Argonaut The Claim Brandy
81 points
$200
Sedimentary gold color. Tropical aromas of sugared bananas, underripe papaya, breadfruit, grilled green pepper, and passionfruit ice cream with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length clove, wintergreen, crystalized tangerine peel, roasted pistachio, and buttercream finish. A seemingly unfiltered brandy packed with crowd-friendly fruits and creamy appeal; oddly sedimentary.