Brandy /40% ABV / France
St-Rémy Signature is the new creation from our Master Blender Cécile Roudaut. With this blend, she wanted to shape a new face for brandy by exploring new production processes and new aromas, while continuing to respect St-Rémy traditions and its historical smooth profile. To do so, she decided to introduce a double maturation process. The first maturation takes place in new oak casks (Quercus Petraea species with a fine grain) using medium and high heat. These casks will deliver spicy notes, indulgence, and vivacity. The second maturation takes place in traditional casks (Quercus Robur species with a large grain) using high heat only. These casks will deliver roundness, balance and sweetness, and will assert the very personality of our brandy. The result is a smooth and fruity taste. Its perfect harmony makes it ideal for classic brandy cocktails or creations! TASTING NOTES APPEARANCE Luminous, bright-amber, intensified by fiery, red sparks. NOSE A sweet aroma of virgin wood and spices such as vanilla, coconut and almond, as well as fresh fruits. PALATE Subtle and smooth. Virgin woody notes are enriched with honey, nut and butter flavours. Fruity notes start fresh, and then become candied. Sweet spices create roundness and balance. SERVING SUGGESTIONS Neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. Its perfect harmony makes it ideal for classic brandy cocktails or creations/other classics with a twist.View all products by St RemyCalifornia Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING
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Brandy is predominantly sweet and fruity, generally between 40-50% ABV and often aged for several years before its final blending and bottling.
Some more regulated types of brandy, including Cognac and Armagnac, are required to age for a minimum amount of time in oak barrels, though most distillers opt to age their brandies for significantly longer, which improves the quality and undoubtedly raises the price per bottle. On the whole, brandies are aged between three to five years, though some premium varieties surpass 10 years or more.
Besides apples and grapes, other popular fruits employed in brandy making include plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and pears; it’s a truly varied liquor depending on the geography and the culture where it’s crafted.
Aging brandy in charred oak barrels helps further develop its complex flavors, as well as the final blending process by which water and other brandies are balanced and combined.
Keeping the brandy a bit warmer or adding a little water can further develop the aromas and overall flavor.
Brandy is a popular ingredient in fruit-based cocktails as well, like colorful sangrias and zesty sidecars; because of its sweetness, brandy tends to appear in dessert recipes, often soaked with coffee in delicacies like tiramisu.