The Top Community Rated Brandies From Last Week

These were top 10 most rated brandies as chosen by users last week in Distiller!
Jun 22, 2020
  • 10
    10 St. George Raspberry Brandy
    93
    Fruity & Tart
    St. George starts out with whole California raspberries, picked at the height of ripeness to retain the freshness and purity of the fruit. Distilled in their proprietary copper pot-stills, the objective here was to capture the aromas of raspberries at their peak. Produced without the use of extra sugars or any other additives.
  • 9
    9 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.
  • 8
    8 Paul Beau VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
    91
    Floral & Sweet
    The world's cognac is supplied by the big four producers -- no need to name them, no doubt you’ve at least heard of, if not tasted them. Producers that distill and bottle themselves account for a trickle of the region's production, which makes labels like Paul Beau (which started bottling independently at the end of the 1800s) such an anomaly. Their vineyards are in the heart of Cognac's Grande Champagne region (considered the best of the region). Also notable, this VSOP bottling averages brandies aged 15 years -- quite a leap from the required 4 years.
  • 7
    7 Cognac Dudognon Vieille Réserve
    97
    Sweet & Nutty
    Maison Dudognon enjoys a long history in Cognac's grand cru: Grande Champagne. From their history as grower/negociants from 1776 to the modern era post 1970 where they no longer sell to cognac's big houses, the quality of their vineyards and brandies have been held to the highest regard. One could cite their old vines of ugni blanc, their minuscule alembic stills, or even their painstaking French barrel selection -- whatever the cause, the cognacs speak of remarkable purity and sense of place. The "Vieille Reserve" is a blend of barrels that averages 20 years of age -- this is just enough time for the grapes from the chalky vineyards to shed their tough, mineral youth and show the latent fruit and nutty cognac flavors held beneath.
  • 6
    6 Cognac Dudognon Reserve
    89
    Sweet & Fruity
    Dudognon is one of the oldest and most respected estates in Cognac's heart: the Grande Champagne. Here the region's famous chalky soils are most pure creating spirits with hard minerality and elegant finesse. The Dudognon vineyards are notable for not using pesticide or herbicide -- a relative anomaly in the region. The hands-off approach continues to the cellar and bottling, where the only addition is water. The reserve bottling is a relatively light color because it averages 10 years of age and is unadulterated by any added caramel coloring.
  • 5
    5 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.
  • 4
    4 Pierre Ferrand Original Formula 1840 Cognac
    85
    Fruity & Floral
    Released in 2011,1840 Original Formula was created as a collaboration between Pierre Ferrand owner, Alexandre Gabriel, their cellar master, Christian Guerin, and cocktail historian, Dave Wondrich. Using a rare 19th century cognac, Pinet-Castillon Cognac from 1840 as a base, this product is designed to replicate what would have been used then in cocktails and punches. Its youthful fruity and floral character along with its higher proof for added oomph makes it stand out from other VS cognacs.
  • 3
    3 Tariquet Bas-Armagnac VSOP
    85
    Spicy & Woody
    Château du Tariquet is a family-owned estate which produces Armagnac from their vineyards located in the Bas-Armagnac in Éauze, France. This bottling uses 60% ugni blanc and 40% Baco grapes for distillation. Their VSOP is aged a minimum of 7 years in French oak barrels and is all-natural color.
  • 2
    2 Martell Blue Swift
    87
    Fruity
    This brandy, or "eau de vie de vin", from Martell is made by taking Martell VSOP cognac aged in French oak casks and finishing it in barrels previously used to age Kentucky bourbon. The spirit is bottled at 80-proof.
  • 1
    1 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.