BERTOUX // California, USA
This California brandy is made from a blend of 3-7 year old pot-distilled brandies aged in American and French oak barrels. It was blended by renown bartender Jeff Bell (PDT NYC & PDT Hong Kong) and acclaimed sommelier Thomas Pastuszak (The NoMad NYC/LA/Las Vegas) and designed to be featured in cocktails. The name BERTOUX is inspired by French inventor Jean Bertoux, who patented a way for a bicycle to accommodate a passenger. Perhaps a Sidecar cocktail is what you should create first. This brandy is set to launch in NYC, LA and San Francisco beginning Fall 2018.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
Cask TypeAmerican and French oak barrels
"This elegant California brandy pours a darkened amber into the snifter. As it warms it reveals dried apricot aromas succumbing to a sustained element of toasted stave. Mid-palate confirms more of the same, with buckwheat honey and a slight Christmas spice dropping in to round out any overpowering sweetness. Rich, yet medium-bodied, it finishes with a final wisp of oak."