That's very interesting about the Daniel Bouju. You've named some pretty well-regarded marques that it trumps. I'd like to try this and (of course) decide for "moi-meme".
I'm not very familiar with brandy, but came across some Germain-Robin Old Havana on closeout and couldn't pass it up. There's not much info out there on this product, though I've read that is it aged 14 years and a blend of many grapes - the website says "20 component brandies, from nine premium varietals distilled over four harvest years. Lush intensity appeals to admirers of armagnac. Particular relevance to the flavors of Cuban leaf." I also read that "Germain-Robin stopped bottling Old Havana in 2001. Recently they discovered a barrel, now 6 years older. It's wonderful: rich, fruity, mellow." I'm guessing this is the original bottling, not the more aged one, but I have no idea.
In any case, this stuff is pretty spectacular, and reminds me a lot of Pappy. I haven't tasted enough brandy to compare much, but would love to hear if anyone else has tasted this and how they compare it to other brandies or well aged bourbons.
While I am willing to spend for quality when required, I have found an inexpensive brandy that I like very much. I spent a couple of months in the Philippines (spread over a year) in 2001 and become accustomed to drinking Fundador Spanish brandy. The Filipinos make an amazing rum (Tanduay) but the prejudice is that you drink Spanish brandy if you can afford it. I can get Fundador for less than $20 a bottle and love it. Yes, I can enjoy more expensive pours, but Fundador is the brandy I keep on hand. I also keep a bottle of WL Weller Special Reserve on hand for the same reason: great value for the money. A great marketing organization does NOT necessarily mean a better product.
I've grown rather fond of the Marie Duffau Napoleans and Armagnacs.
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