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Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP Review

Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP Review

Boulard is one of the legacy producers of Calvados, distilling from cider in the Normandy region of France since 1825. The Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP, one notch up from their entry level, is a blend of brandies–each aged for a minimum of four years. Unlike almost every other brown…read more →

Brandy Milk Punch Recipe

Brandy Milk Punch Recipe

The Brandy Milk Punch is a classic cocktail that dates back a couple hundred years, but it’s most famously associated with Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. The rich and delicious drink makes a great nightcap or, even better, a companion to brunch. The milk is fortifying and the brandy is…read more →

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy Review

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy Review

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy hails from Jerez, the Spanish city that’s known for producing notable wines and sherries. And it comes from Gonzalez Byass, the brand best known for its sherries. But in this case, we’ve got a brandy made from 100% Palomino grapes and aged for 12 years using…read more →

Former Balcones Distiller Chip Tate Talks Brandy

Former Balcones Distiller Chip Tate Talks Brandy

Did Chip Tate decide to explore brandy-making because the recent Balcones debacle has banned him from making whiskey for the next 15 months? No, that’s hardly enough time to lease a space and get your permits in order, let alone have a quality batch of any whiskey or brandy prepped…read more →

Calvados Cocktails for Fall

Calvados Cocktails for Fall

Calvados. Now there’s a drink indicative of fall. The French apple brandy is always a fine drink on its own, but come fall, its apple backbone works nicely in a variety of seasonal cocktails. Here we’ve enlisted a couple bottles from the Spirit France portfolio–Calvados Boulard Grand Solage and Calvados…read more →

The Belle Epoque Cocktail and a Look at Ratafia

The Belle Epoque Cocktail and a Look at Ratafia

The Belle Epoque cocktail hails from Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. It first caught our attention because of its utilization of a unique ingredient — ratafia. Ratafia is an infusion of a base spirit (typically brandy) with fruit. Historically, ratafia called on whatever was in season, whether persimmons, blackberries, kumquats,…read more →

Chicago Cocktail

The Chicago Cocktail dates back to the 19th Century, but we first came across it in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book. Comprised of all booze, it’s a potent mix that drinks surprisingly light thanks to its topper of sparkling wine. Fans of the Seelbach (a similar drink that subs bourbon…read more →

This Week in Booze

This Week in Booze

Tequila Herradura Releases Cognac Cask Finish Reposado Herradura just announced the release of its second in a series of limited edition tequilas. First up was the rich and fruity Port Cask Finish Reposado, while this week brings us a Cognac Cask Finish Reposado (pictured). The tequila is aged for 11…read more →

Why You Should Be Drinking Armagnac

Why You Should Be Drinking Armagnac

Author Alex Truman runs Rueverte.com, an online spirits and liqueurs retailer specializing in absinthes, bitters and digestifs. Armagnac is a type of French brandy that’s produced in the region it’s named for -– Armagnac, Gascony in southwest France. You’re surely familiar with that other French brandy, Cognac, which enjoys a…read more →

Brandy Crusta

Brandy Crusta

The Brandy Crusta was perhaps the pinnacle of 1800s cocktailing. First created around 1840 or 1850, the Brandy Crusta modified the classic cocktail template — spirit, sugar, water and bitters — with some fresh lemon juice and a dash of orange liqueur. The result was a bright, easy-to-gulp cocktail that…read more →

Apple Brandy Old Fashioned

Apple Brandy Old Fashioned

I love an Old Fashioned. It’s a delicious, classic, tried-and-true cocktail downed at bars since before “mixology” was even a term. While my go-to Old Fashioned includes the traditional choice — rye whiskey — I often sub in other spirits like aged rum or tequila, usually to good results. Of…read more →

Germain-Robin Brandy Reviews

Germain-Robin Brandy Reviews

Germain-Robin Brandy is hand-distilled in small batches in California. Germain-Robin was started in the 1980s by Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin, who comes from a long line of cognac producers.  The company released its first brandy in 1987, and recently released two new products – Craft Method Brandy and Coast…read more →