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Friday, 23 March 2012

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That last one may sound a little steep, but if you’re determined to buy the finest and price is no object, consider Camus Cognac Cuvee 3.128. This cognac is the result of the Camus family’s 140 years in the distilling business, and is truly a triumph for the French dynasty. The crystal decanter holding this magical liquid was designed by French artist Serge Manseau. Thos one may take a bit of searching, since a limited run of only 3,500 bottles has been released. $2,500 (750 ml)

A bottle of Courvoisier L’Esprit costs as much as a small car, but given its history and the way it goes with cigars, it might be worth it. Master Blender Jean-Marc Olivier intertwines vintages dating back to the Napoleonic era to create a spirit with flavors of honey, apricot and Havana cigars. The result is contained in a hand-cut Lalique crystal decanter that helps to justify the $9,500 price tag for 750 ml.

 

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Hennessy is the best-selling Cognac brand in the U.S. as well as supplying 40% of all the world’s Cognac, and the luxury blend of Hennessy Eclipse is their crowning achievement. Hennessy’s trademark flavor is enhanced with hints of crystallized fruit and wild roses. Hennessy Eclipse sells for $4,000.

 

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There’s an art to serving a snifter of brandy. You don’t just pour it from the bottle and plop the glass in front of your guests. After pouring the brandy into the snifter, hold the glass in your hand long enough to warm the brandy and release the delicate aromas. After that, savor every sip and enjoy the experience. Brandy is not meant to be guzzled!

Brandy isn’t just for sipping from a snifter, It’s also the basis for several very popular cocktails. Here are recipes for classic favorites.

 

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Bombay Cocktail
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 oz. Brandy
1/4 tsp. Anisette
1/2 tsp. Triple Sec
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Stinger
1/2 oz. Creme de Menthe (white)
1 1/2 oz. Blackberry Brandy
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Brandy Alexander
1/2 oz. Creme de Cacao (Brown)
1/2 oz. Brandy
1/2 oz. Heavy Cream
Shake well with cracked ice and strain into cocktail glass.

 

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Coffee with flaming brandy is perfect for a party, or any gathering. This recipe makes 10-12 servings. Don’t set yourself or your guests on fire!


Café Brûlot (Flaming Brandy Coffee)
3 tablespoons sugar
Zest of 1 orange, cut into thin strips
One 3-inch cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
1-1/2 cups brandy
6 cups brewed, hot, strong black coffee


Place the sugar, zest, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean in a large heatproof bowl. In a small pot, heat the brandy over low heat until warm. Pour over the ingredients and ignite carefully by holding a lit match close to the alcohol until it ignites. Douse the flames by pouring the coffee over the brandy mixture. Stir, remove the zest and vanilla bean, and serve immediately.






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0 # RE: Brandy is Dandysmokindave 2012-03-24 09:50
Very good article. I would add that Armagnac has certain health benefits (Google it!) and of course goes well with your fav cigar.

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