The Most Collected Brandies From Last Week

More users added these 10 brandies to their Collections than any others last week in Distiller!
Mar 23, 2020
  • 10
    10 Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac
    83
    Fruity & Rich
    If you've ever had a VSOP Cognac, chances are it was Rémy. Released in 1927, this classic VSOP is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 55% coming from Grande Champagne. The grapes used for the House of Rémy are predominately ugni blanc (97%). This is a blend of over 200 eaux de vie which were aged 4-12 years.
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    9 Lepanto O.V. Gran Reserva
    89
    Woody & Fruity
    This is one of the few brands of Brandy de Jerez that is actually distilled in Jerez (most others are just aged there). As is typical, the brandy is aged in a solera system. This bottling uses 15 different criaderas (nurseries of soleras) that have brandies aged for over 12 years in American oak ex-sherry (in this case, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry). The brandy is removed from the solera and then further aged an additional 3 years in very old ex-Oloroso Apóstoles & Matusalém sherry. Note, this review is for the 80 proof, but outside of the US you will find 72 proof bottlings.
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    8 Macchu Pisco
    85
    Fruity & Tart
    Macchu Pisco is distilled in copper pot stills using only non-aromatic quebranta grapes. Aged for from 3 months to up to a year in non-wood containers before bottling. Approximately 10 pounds of grapes go into making each bottle of Macchu Pisco.
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    7 Rémy Martin XO Cognac
    80
    Spicy
    The cellar master for Rémy Martin blends up to 400 different eaux de vie to create this XO cognac. It features eaux de vie aged 10-37 years with an average of 25 years of maturation. This XO is a Fine Champagne with 85% of the product sourced from the Grande Champagne region, the highest cru in Cognac and the remainder hailing from Petite Champagne.
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    6 Singani 63
    93
    Fruity & Floral
    Singani is a spirit that has been produced since 1530. It has its own DO (denomination of origin) and GI (geographical indication) and can only be produced in the Bolivian Andes. The grapes (of which only muscat of Alexandria can be used) must be planted at a minimum of 5250 feet (1600 meters). As Singani is not recognized as its own spirit category in most of the world, it can only be described as a brandy, but it is better to think of it as an eau-de-vie. This Singani is the first to be available in the United States and for that you can thank director, Steven Soderbergh and his blood, sweat, and tears (and money).
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    5 Courvoisier VS Cognac
    78
    Fruity & Sweet
    This expression is the youngest released from Courvoisier and uses eaux de vie that range in age from 4-7 years. The grapes are primarily sourced from the Fins Bois region with some Petite Champagne used as well.
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    4 Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac
    90
    Fruity & Rich
    Dating back to 1724, Rémy Martin has a long and storied history in Cognac. This marque, 1738 Royal Accord, pays tribute to one of Rémy Martin's earliest accolades when the French King Louis XV bestowed a reward of excellence on the distillery. A blend of various eaux-de-vie, this Fine Champagne Cognac is a step up from Rémy's flagship VSOP.
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    3 Hennessy XO Cognac
    92
    Rich & Fruity
    Hennessy's XO first debuted in 1870, crafted by Maurice Hennessy for friends and family. The blend incorporates over 100 eaux-de-vie with ages up to 30 years. It's said to be the first XO ever released, with Hennessy dubbing that name himself. According to the brand, that's why the full name is technically Hennessy The Original X.O.
  • 2
    2 Laird's Applejack
    82
    Fruity
    The Laird family has been distilling apple brandy since at least 1698. Officially, records for the sale of their applejack date back to 1780. Their applejack consists of 35% apple brandy and 65% neutral spirits.
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    1 Hennessy VS Cognac
    78
    Fruity & Sweet
    Yann Fillioux is the current Master Blender for Hennessy and in fact, the Fillioux family has been blending for Maison Hennessy for over 200 years. Hennessy VS was first introduced in 1865 by Maurice Hennessy, although the brand was known as "Three Star" rather than VS at the time.