We’ve reviewed a few of Merlet’s premium Cognac expressions previously, however by no means its two most inexpensive bottlings, the VS and VSOP expressions. Immediately, we rectify that.
Each are 80 proof.
Merlet Cognac VS – Eaux-de-vie principally from Fins Bois crus, but additionally from Bons Bois and a bit of little bit of Petite Champagne within the combine, aged at the very least two years. This Cognac has a formidable depth of coloration — maybe doctored — however a surprisingly gentle high quality all through. Basic notes of recent linen, caramel, and vanilla are all accounted for on the nostril, although there’s a wierd, understated bubblegum high quality that feels prefer it needs to evolve into fruit, however isn’t fairly there. That barely over-sugared character turns into extra pressing on the palate, washing out a few of the extra delicate parts within the brandy. A slight soapiness turns into evident because the palate builds, mixing with notes of candied apples, incense, and extra clear linen character. A considerably blunt oakiness sees the end touchdown with a little bit of a thud. B- / $30 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Merlet Cognac VSOP – An analogous mix of Fins Bois, Petite Champagne, and miscellaneous different eaux-de-vie, aged four-plus years. A bit duskier on the nostril than the VS, with barrel notes extra clearly in impact, tempering the linen and letting extra of a brown sugar be aware come by means of together with a touch of barbecue smoke. Evenly minty and laden with tea leaf notes, the brandy stays a bit restrained and a bit closed off, with notes of uncooked cocoa powder, cola, and dried fruits all current — the lattermost sweetening issues up significantly. Once more the end feels candylike, with dissonant notes of coconut and nougat offering a barely gooey high quality to the proceedings. B / $42 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]