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Mar 28, 2017
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    5 Martell Blue Swift
    87
    3.5
    3 out of 5 stars
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    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.
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    4 Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
    86
    4.06
    4 out of 5 stars
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    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.
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    3 Martell XO Cognac
    88
    4.28
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Rich
    Martell XO incorporates eaux-de-vie up to 35 years of age, with a minimum age of 10 years. The brand's signature emphasis is on the Borderies region, but here, it plays second fiddle. The XO is actually powered on grapes from the Grande Champagne region, backed up by Borderies, with no other crus included.
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    2 Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
    90
    4.32
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet
    This VSOP from Hine is comprised of about 60% Grand Champagne and the remainder using Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie making this a Fine Champagne Cognac. The age for the cognac used in this blend range from 6-12 years with the average age being 8 years.
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    1 Martell VS Single Distillery
    87
    3.59
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Rich & Fruity
    Launched in early 2017 across US markets from the House of Martell. This cognac is made from a blend of eaux-de-vie produced at one distillery which is not the norm. Its packaging in a ‘montre’ cognac bottle is a throwback to the original design of the brand's VS offering. Martell VS Single Distillery is bottled at 40% ABV.