The Top Community Rated Brandies From Last Week

These were top 10 most rated brandies as chosen by users last week in Distiller!
Mar 30, 2020
  • 10
    10 La Diablada Puro Moscatel Pisco
    96
    Floral & Herbal
    In addition to strict production regulations, Peruvian piscos are further categorized into aromatic or non-aromatic as well as puro (pure) or acholado (blend). This is a puro pisco meaning that this is the product of only one grape. In this case, it is the moscatel grape which is an aromatic grape. As of early 2016, this is now available in the US after only being sold in Peru.
  • 9
    9 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).
  • 8
    8 Roger Groult Calvados 12 Year
    93
    Fruity & Rich
    In 1860, Pierre Groult first distilled his cider and aged the eau de vie in oak barrels, starting a five generation tradition of producing in the village of Saint-Cyr du Ronceray in Normandy. Now overseen by Jean-Roger Groult, their Calvados is still double-distilled in pots over wood fires. Their cider, using 30 apple varieties, ferments and rests on the lees for a full year before the first distillation. After the final distillation, the eau de vie ages in large barrels most of which are more than 100 years old which are never fully emptied. Bottling is done on the estate without chill filtration.
  • 7
    7 Camus XO Borderies Family Reserve
    90
    Fruity & Rich
    CAMUS XO Borderies Family Reserve is made exclusively of grapes grown and harvested from one vineyard in the Borderies region belonging to the CAMUS family. Released first to global travel retail and Europe in early 2018, its availability expanded to to the rest of the global market shortly thereafter.
  • 6
    6 Roger Groult Calvados Reserve 3 Ans
    87
    Rich
    Roger Groult distills Calvados in the Pays d'Auge region of France, in Saint-Cyr-du-Ronceray. The cider base is comprised entirely of apples and aged for one year prior to distillation in copper pot-stills. After two distillations, it is aged in old Limousin oak barrels for a minimum of three years, with some older Calvados blended in as well.
  • 5
    5 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.
  • 4
    4 Merlet Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac
    84
    Fruity & Sweet
    Previously a contract distillery for some of the larger and more prominent houses in Cognac, the Merlet Brothers decided that it was time to produce cognac under their own name. Produced from a blend of eaux-de-vie ranging from (the minimum) 4 to 12 years of age, the Merlet Blend VSOP is a very easy drinking cognac meant to be consumed neat or in a cocktail without any fuss.
  • 3
    3 Domaine Dupont Calvados Fine Reserve
    75
    Sweet
    The Dupont family has their orchards in the heart of the Pays d’Auge area with 6000 trees and 13 different apple varieties. Their Fine Reserve is comprised of 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acidic apples. It is double-distilled and aged in oak for a minimum of 2 years, 50% of which were new oak.
  • 2
    2 Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
    86
    Woody & Spicy
    Cardenal Mendoza is distilled from mostly Airen grapes. The solera this is aged in is made up of barrels that previously held Pedro Ximenez sherry, a dessert-style fortified wine. The average age of the solera is 15 years.
  • 1
    1 Santiago Queirolo Acholado Pisco
    87
    Rich
    This Acholado (or blend) pisco is comprised of four grapes: italia, muscatel, quebranta, and negra criolla. All of the grapes, with the exception of the negra criolla, are aromatic grapes, which is exactly what they sound like: grapes which provide a fragrant aroma, particularly with floral and fruity notes.