Merlet Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac
Merlet Brothers // Cognac, France
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.
CognacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specific grapes. Must be double-distilled to no higher than 72% abv. Required to be aged in oak for at least 2 years. Also, if labeled as the following, minimum aging is: VS-2 years, VSOP-4 years, Napoléon 6 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018).
Cask TypeFrench oak
"The nose is pretty typical for a cognac of this age with notes of fresh fruits and floral notes such as orange peel, lilacs, raspberry, and roasted pears. The palate follows suit in this vein with some tobacco and vanilla thrown in with those youthful brandy notes. The finish is slightly bitter and a little off-balance, but all in all, an easy and versatile cognac."