Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Price: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Monturon

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

50% ABV

Aged For: 12-Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grape, apple, pear, orchard fruits, oak, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Oily

Palate/Taste: Rich dried fruits, light sherry, raisin, candied orange, and vanilla oak

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry baking spice, light oak, cinnamon, sherry, dried fruit, and grapes

Thoughts: If I had tried this blind I would have almost thought it was a malt whisky or even possibly a calvados, it doesn’t have a flavor similar to other Armagnacs I have tried.

Score: 79 out of 100

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

Distilled/Owned by: Kirin

Region: Japan

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Banana, honey, oak, grains, cream, and spice

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Sweet and fruity with banana, coconut, vanilla, and cream

Finish: Warm, lasting, vanilla, honey, chocolate, almond, spices, and a touch of fruit

Thoughts: The heavy banana notes were a bit off-putting for me, but otherwise a standard fruity malt

Score: 75 out of 100

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel Duex

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Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Crown Royal / Diageo

Region: Canada

51.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 64% corn, 31.5% rye, and 4.5% malted barley

Cask Type: New oak, and maybe reused casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp grain, sweet oak, vanilla, honey, earth, flowers, and light bubblegum

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Sweet, simple syrup, honey, artificial vanilla, corn, and oak

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sweet oak and bubblegum, touches of fruit and oak

Thoughts: Much harsher than the last barrel I tried and I’m hoping some air will do this one good over time.

Score: 75 out of 100

Ron Zacapa XO

Ron Zacapa XO

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Industria Licoreras de Guatemala / Diageo

Region: Guatemala

40% ABV

Distillate: Sugarcane honey

Aged For: NAS, 6-23 years Solera style

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry, finished in cognac casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Cloudy old oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Old molasses, oak, coconut, brown sugar, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, flat cola, brown sugar, marzipan, more sugar

Finish: Short length, light warmth, molasses, sugar, vanilla, coconut, and coca-cola

Thoughts: I prefer my rum neat, but this is pretty close to drinking a rum and coke on its own, not worth the price.

Score: 77 out of 100

 

Kirk and Sweeney 23

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Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bermudez

Region: Dominican Republic

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 23 Years

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes?

Additives used: Undisclosed


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick caramel, marzipan, boozy rum, molasses, nutty, with brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, more vanilla, hints of marzipan and caramel

Finish: Light warmth and short, caramel, oak, sugar, and vanilla

Thoughts: It’s not a bad rum, but if it is indeed 23 years in a cask It doesn’t show.

Score: 77 out of 100

Germain Robin XO

Germain Robin XO

Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Germain Robin

Region: California, USA

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, average 17 years

Grapes Used: 80% Pinot Noir

Cask Type: Limousin oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sugar covered raisins, grape, dried fruit, oak, citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Medium grape, dried fruits, figs, citrus, vanilla

Finish: Light warmth, light to medium length, grapes, sour citrus, oak, and light caramel

Thoughts: Not bad, but not good in my mind either, I’m guessing I’m not a fan of the Pinot Noir grapes used in the distillation.

Score: 75 out of 100

Chabanneau XO

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Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: ?

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, XO

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Not quiet mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grapes, figs, dried fruits, sour notes, and light orchard fruits

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Crisp grape, citrus tang, raisins, pears, a bit of apricot

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, grapes and dried fruits, with citrus and apples

Thoughts: A step up from many of the VS and VSOPs I’ve had, and supposedly one of the highest selling XOs in Europe, but the more I dive into Cognac, I find it’s not my brandy of choice.

Score: 77 out of 100