Aged: 3 years
Jennifer Querbes created this French brandy “to fulfill the desire of bartenders who have been searching for a classic, fruit-forward French brandy similar in style to those used in the vast majority of historic cocktail recipes from the 19th and early 20th centuries.”
Primarily made from Ugni Blanc grape wine, Brandy Sainte Louise is a blend copper pot distilled eaux-de-vie aged 3-10 years in French oak in the Cognac region of Charente. “It’s elevated ABV of 43% expresses the perfect balance of fruit and complexity, showcasing the flavor and aroma of the Brandy, while providing balance and structure in cocktails and highlighting the best attributes of additional ingredients.”
Sampled on 13/04/2019
Clear, coppery golden amber with burnished copper glints.
Saddle leather, pastry, blackened fruitcake, vanilla fudge, mandarin orange, nutmeg and light clove.
Sweet fruitcake, leather, caramel, vanilla fudge, toasted almond and prune with zesty orange and light nutmeg and clove spice.
Long finish. Buttery leather, fruitcake, vanilla fudge and clove spice.
This fruity and beautifully balanced French brandy might lack the depth of complexity of a great cognac, but compare the alcohol strength and the price and you’ll be staggered at just how good this brandy is at the price. However, it’s not just great value for money, Brandy Sainte Louise is tasty, with attractive dried fruity, vanilla and leathery caramel delicately invigorated by nutmeg and clove spice.
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