California Alambic Brandy
I have never had American brandy and am looking to buy / taste my first bottle. After browsing online, I have 'shortlisted' three California Alambic Brandy:
- Germain-Robin Fine Alambic Brandy
- Jepson Rare Alambic Brandy
- Osocalis Alambic Brandy
Any recommendations / suggestions?
All three are quite delicious. Germain-Robin was the brandy that got me interested in California Alambics, and -- even though I have several Cognacs in my house -- I always keep (and consume) a bottle of Germain-Robin on hand, too. It remains my favorite of the three, but YMMV of course.
I just spent the last four days hanging out with the distiller/director of production for Germain-Robin. I tried a selection of the brandies and apple brandy (which I LOVED) and I thought they are all absolutely excellent. Expensive, but well worth it.The apple brandy, which is a bit less expensive, is so much bang for the buck that I now consider it a must for my home and office.
Uh . . .
>>> The apple brandy, which is a bit less expensive . . . <<<
From their sales website -- http://www.caddellwilliams.com/ -- here are their prices:
Germain-Robin Fine Alambic Brandy, $48*
Germain-Robin Shareholders' Reserve, $72
Germain-Robin Old Havana, $105
Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO, $120
Germain-Robin Single-barrel 100% Pinot Noir, $120
Germain-Robin Single-barrel 100% Colombard, $129
Germain-Robin Single-barrel 100% Viognier, $120
Germain-Robin Apple Brandy, $65
Germain-Robin Apple Brandy XO, $95
* I bought this one year ago, and it was $39.
Yesterday I was curating the spirits collection for an exclusive country club in Westchester County, NY and ran across a bottle in the extensive spirits cellar with a water damaged label. The spirits inside the unopened bottle seem in perfect shape. I put up the image online because I couldn't figure out what it was. My friend the distiller/director of production for Germain-Robin recognized it. It's a very old bottle of Germain-Robin Shareholders' Reserve Alambic Brandy. I look forward to opening it for the clubs members (and myself, one of the perks of the job) after I publish their final spirits list.
Thanks for the comments.
I'll probably go with the Germain-Robin for a start. A few local stores are still selling the GR Alambic at sub-40 prices; I am sure it won't last too long.