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    Brandy

    Any new recommendations for brandy? I have tried many and I think they are all inferior except for one. I purchased on eBay. It was Claude Chatelier XO. But no stores carry it any longer. I believe I paid $30 for it. I keep one once in the decanter just to remind myself how great it was.

    I have purchased about 5 brandies since then and can't find ANYTHING that is close to the satisfaction of that one. The closest is Delord Armagnac that was $27.

    Any recommendations?

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    Re: Brandy

    You trying to stay under $30 or willing to go higher?

    Tesseron Lot 90 - Used to be $30, now around $40-$50

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    Re: Brandy

    My brandy reccomendation? Bourbon.

    Let me explain. In an effort to become a well-rounded person, I tried to force myself to develop a taste for brandy for years. Then, after almost pouring out a bottle of Napolean brandy a couple years ago, I realized that I just don't like the stuff and I never will.

    The only thing bearing the name "brandy" that I still drink is Laird's apple brandy, preferably the BiB. But I drink that mostly because to me it tastes like an American whiskey more than it tastes like a fruit brandy.

    All that said, I think the one I disliked the least from those days was El Presidente.
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    Re: Brandy

    I've done a number of brandy reviews (link below).

    I really like Jean Fillioux Cognac. I've had a number of their brandies, including the VSOP, Balzac and La Pouyade and they were all very good.

    I also loved the Germain-Robin XO Alambic Brandy. This is a California brandy in the Cognac style. Great stuff.

    http://recenteats.blogspot.com/search/label/Brandy

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    Re: Brandy

    As sku mentions often in his blog, I would stick to smaller cognac houses for higher quality brandy or the Germain-Robin as well although they taste lighter and are more floral than brandy from France.

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    Re: Brandy

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    I also loved the Germain-Robin XO Alambic Brandy. This is a California brandy in the Cognac style. Great stuff.
    Easily one of the best non-French XO brandies. I'm glad I'm not the only one who knows about it.

    Come to think of it, I can't think of very many Napoleon or XO Cognacs that can match it, either. MAYBE Martell... definitely not Remy Martin or Hennesey...

    There are also some very excellent brandies from South Africa made in the Cognac tradition.

    There are also some good Spanish brandies out there, but I would recommend those to compliment a good cigar-- I find them just a little too sweet and fruity to drink by their lonesome, IMHO.
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    Re: Brandy

    Armagnac is the answer for less expensive quality brandy. Although the better ones need age and can get pricey.

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    Re: Brandy

    I used to like Asbach Uralt. But that was more than 15 years ago, I was young/dumb.

    Has anyone else had Asbach recently, and can you give it a good recommendation?
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    Re: Brandy

    Try the French cognac-house of Pierre Ferrand a small family owned cognac house.Also try to find if there are importers of German Weinbrand in the US they too have some companies worth trying.Is it only distillation of grapes you`re looking for?

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    Re: Brandy

    My list...

    Cognac: (tried many many many cognacs)
    Delamain
    Tesseron
    Leopold Gourmel
    Ferrand
    Daniel Bouju
    Mason Surrene
    Camus (probably biggest in this list)

    Alambic Brandy: (lighter than cognac IMO, but nice all the same)
    Germain Robin (lots to choose from, the XO is one of my favorites)

    Armagnac: (limited experience here)
    Laubade

    Greek Brandy: (some bias here as I am of Greek heritage, but these tend to be sweeter than all other brandies due to them adding some muscat wine and other stuff to make it Metaxa)

    Metaxa Grand Olympian Reserve 12 stars
    Metaxa GRand Fine (white ceramic bottle)
    Metaxa Private Reserve - pricey

 

 

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