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Brandy Sainte Louise hit the scene in 2018, designed for bartenders as “a traditional, Outdated-World fashion brandy with a balanced, fruit-forward taste profile.” It’s made in France by a Cognac cellarmaster however most of its grapes (traditional ugni blanc) come from simply exterior the Cognac AOC area. The spirit is pot distilled and aged in French oak between 3 and 10 years within the Cognac area of Charente. Per the corporate, “Compared to different aged brandies, Brandy Sainte Louise is between VS and XO” — although there’s no age designation on the label. All advised, the fundamental thought right here is that you simply’re getting Cognac high quality at American brandy costs.
Let’s give it a whirl.
The nostril has some brash youth to it, but additionally loads of extra inviting qualities: clear linen, lavender, dried florals — all of the goodies you anticipate from younger Cognac. An instantaneous sweetness is fast to hit the palate, tempering a few of the heavier fragrance notes that dominate the aromatics. Mild however energetic with notes of golden raisins, milk chocolate, contemporary plums, and a lightweight layer of caramel, the palate is light however actually expressive — and straightforward to take pleasure in. Lingering notes of incense hold the end lingering for fairly some time — and the brandy by no means outstays its welcome.
Pretty easy, however a stable providing at this value stage — Cognac or no.
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