Category:  brandy

Favorite Holiday Booze – Brandy

By , December 23, 2010 in brandy

As you know, most of the year I’m a beer and whiskey kind of guy. But, I do buy two bottles of brandy a year. One for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. I spend each day maintaining a pleasant, warm buzz throughout. There’s something perfect for the holiday spirit about the right brandy. My usual go to bottle is Asbach Uralt. It’s got that distinctive brandy burn with a particularly floral nose. A bit of astringency keeps it interesting for my beer loving tongue. And, I do the whole brandy thing – warming it in my hand, spending more time sniffing than drinking it and so on. (By the way, whoever decided to start putting ice in Cognac should be slapped. Why buy premium brandy and then do your level best to stifle the flavor and aroma that makes it so prized?) So, I popped over to my local liquor… Read More »

Cold Weather Booze – Brandy

By , January 19, 2010 in brandy, cold weather booze

I don’t know about you but Old Man Winter has definitely found me in my corner of the world. It’s been crazy cold most of this month and all I want to do is flop in front of a fire with a stiff drink. So, for the rest of this month – and maybe some of next – let’s talk about cold weather drinks. First on my list is brandy. Nothing makes me feel more protected from the ice and snow than warming a few ounces of silky brandy in my hand. As the stuff warms, it releases great aromas that remind me of late summer gardens and autumn leaves. Now, I’m agnostic on the issue of cognac v. brandy. I’ve never found cognac to be remarkably better than brandy; it just seems like one is paying more for a booze because it comes from a particular region and therefore… Read More »