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Allen's Coffee Brandy

American made cordial that combines all natural coffee flavors with a brandy base. Sweet and higher in proof than most other types of cordials such as liqueurs or schnapps. M.S. Walker has been in the business of making cordials for over 50 years.

Coronet VSQ Brandy

American brandy. Light amber color. Mild bouquet and light grapy flavor with a dash of caramel.

E&J Brandy

American brandy made by the Gallo wine company. Amber color. Bouquets of fruit particularly banana and apricot. Dry with a smooth texture. Mild finish of fruit, spice and caramel.

E&J Apple Brandy

California brandy with apple liqueur. Bright flavors of fresh green apple with brown aromatics and citrus. Best served over ice or with your favorite mixer. Fresh, juicy and smooth. Mix 1 part E&J Apple Brandy with 4 parts of ginger ale for an E&J Ginger Apple or with 4 parts of cranberry juice for an 'E&J Washington Apple.'

E&J Peach Brandy

Peach-flavored brandy produced in California, using E&J V.S. Brandy as its base. Fresh, juicy and smooth. Mixes well with ginger beer, iced tea, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.

E&J Superior Res. VSOP

American grape brandy (Very Superior Old Pale) made by the Gallo wine company. Pale amber/ honey color. Sweet aromas of fruit and caramel. Sweet flavors of caramel and nougat candy. Very little grape flavor.

E&J XO Brandy

Grape brandy made in the U.S. Sweet vanilla, creamy toffee, brown sugar and soft maple characteristics of toasted oak. Hints of lavender and hibiscus on the nose, with flavors of dried pears and figs. Smooth, bold, complex finish. Serve over ice, with fruit juice, soft drinks, or other cocktail mixers. Great for cooking. Gold Medal winner at both the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the 2011 SIP (Spirits International Prestige) Awards.

Laird's Applejack

Apple brandy that is the oldest native distilled spirit beverage in the U.S. Made with tree ripened apples, double distilled and aged in charred oak barrels for four to eight years. It has received a silver medal at the World Spirits Championships and is considered a Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast.

Leroux Blackberry Brandy

The Leroux family began making cordials in Brussels four generations ago. Leroux is now made in the U.S. and is designated Kosher. Flavored brandies are usually slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, schnapps or cremes.

Mad River Malvados

Apple brandy distilled and bottled in Warren, Vermont. Made with 100% Vermont apples and bottled at 100 proof. Gold medal winner at the WSWA (Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America) Spirit Competition. Perfect in a 'Jack Rose' cocktail - mix 2 oz. Malvados with 1 oz. lemon or lime juice and � oz. grenadine, shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass garnished with a cherry or apple slice (or, add 1 teaspoon of Absinthe to make a 'Pan American Clipper.' (Visit their tasting room in Waitsfield.)

Mr. Boston Apricot Brandy

Apricot flavored brandy made and bottled in Kentucky. Flavored brandies are usually slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, cremes or schnapps.

Mr. Boston Blackberry Brandy

Blackberry flavored brandy made and bottled in Kentucky. Flavored brandies are usually slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, schnapps or cremes.

Mr. Boston Cherry Brandy

Cherry flavored brandy made and bottled in Kentucky. Flavored brandies are usually slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, schnapps or cremes.

Mr. Boston Coffee Brandy

Coffee flavored brandy made and bottled in Kentucky. Usually flavored brandies are slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, schnapps or cremes. Flavored brandies are made by combining the fruit, or in this case coffee, with plain brandy.

Mr. Boston Ginger Brandy

Ginger flavored brandy made and bottled in Kentucky. Flavored brandies are usually slightly higher in proof than liqueurs, schnapps or cremes.

Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy

American brandy made by the same people that produce Paul Masson wines. Aged three years in oak. Medium amber color. Grapy, fruity bouquet. Smooth, clean and slightly tart. Medium-long finish.

The Christian Brothers Brandy

American brandy with a deep topaz color and sweet almost candied nose. The flavors however are quite dry and the alcohol is pronounced with a bit of a bite.


Asbach Uralt

German brandy blended from 25 different wine distillations, then aged for up to 3 years in limousin oak casks. Has a deep golden color, cognac character but fruitier. Grape and oak aroma. Clean, crisp, and rather astringent flavor.

Boulard Calvados VSOP

Apple brandy from the Normandy region of France. Made from apple cider that is distilled twice and aged in Limousin oak casks. A blend of Calvados varieties which vary in age from 3 to 5 years. Characterized by its apple fragrance and its amber color. The pure initial taste of the Grand Solage is followed by a fruity flavor and the vanilla taste of oak. Apple brandies such as this that are aged for long periods are similar in flavor to cognac.Serve with a meal; it is also highly appreciated as an aperitif with tonic or on ice.

Courvoisier V.S. Cognac

Brandy from the Cognac region of France. VS stands for Very Special. Some citrusy flavors, more acidic than other cognacs. Good for mixing. Aged 7-8 years.

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

A 'Fine Champagne' cognac made exclusively from the grande and petite champagnes which are the best quality grapes from the Cognac region. Aged for 8-12 years in Limousin and Troncais oak barrels. Gold/amber color. Silky, smooth with some chocolate overtones and a nutty, slightly citrusy finish. Hints of vanilla, grilled almonds and port wine. Floral Bouquet. VSOP Stands for Very Special Old Pale.

Deville Brandy

Imported French grape brandy. Can be used in a variety of cocktails such as a Brandy Alexander (brandy, creme de cacao and cream), in hot coffee or for cooking.

Hennessy V.S. Cognac

Imported cognac from France. Full-bodied with a pronounced aroma of oak and hazelnuts. Rich, floral taste with tones of red berries and vanilla. A blend of 40 brandies (eau de vie) from the four premier crus (growing areas) of the Cognac region of France. Still operated by the Hennessy family. The VS stands for Very Superior and means that the cognac is aged for at least 2 years.

Hennessy VSOP Privilege

A blend of over 60 individual eaux-de-vie, or aged cognacs that are aged and blended in old oak casks. Deep orange-amber hue. Delicate, faint traces of oak wood and slightly peppery. Medium-bodied. Light aromas of clove and cinnamon. Flavors of honey with a slight hint of licorice. Lingering, complex finish. The Beverage Testing Institute gives it 87 (highly recommended) points.

Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

A fine Champagne cognac (brandy from the Cognac region of France) from Remy Martin which was started in 1724. Darker amber color than the VS. The VSOP stands for very superior old pale. Fresh, full nose. Notes of vanilla, limousin oak, dried rose and apricot. Very mellow with a short, slightly warm finish. An easy cognac for the beginning cognac drinker.

Salignac VS Cognac

Cognac imported from the Cognac region of France. Golden and light in color. Fruity and rich with a fresh oaky taste. Full-bodied and clean. Salignac Cognac contains a selection of cognacs from the best grape growing regions in France. Enjoy straight in a snifter or over ice.

St. Remy VSOP French Brandy

Brandy from the Cognac region of France, though it is not classified as a cognac. Aged for 1-2 years, of which 6 months are in small oak barrels. Fruity aromas of cherry and raspberry with touches of vanilla and oak. Rich amber color. Complex flavors - at first strong and dry, then rounded. Smooth and rich but not sweet. Use in your favorite brandy cocktail or for food recipes that call for a fine, French brandy.

Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:

  • Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
  • Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.