Bénédictine & Brandy
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
95 pts. Beverage Testing Institute: January 26, 1999
Deep amber-orange hue. Pungent spice and herb aromas. A smooth, mildly sweet attack leads to a medium-bodied, mildly viscous palate. Complex, lingering finish. Intense, warming and unique. A classic.
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: May, 2008
A blend of original Benedictine and Cognac. Smells assertively of herbs, honey, quinine and baking spices with added aromas of black tea and tobacco. Entry tastes of tea, sage, fennel and a touch of quinine; the Cognac emerges at midpalate, lending a layer of elegance and genuine distillate presence. Finishes like a champion, long, semisweet, intensely herbal, mildly spicy and satiny.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: September 1, 2007
A blend of original Benedictine and cognac. The auburn/bronze/burnt orange color is gorgeous and ideally sediment-free. Smells assertively of herbs (fennel, sage, licorice), honey, quinine, and baking spices (mace, allspice, cardamom) straight out of the starting gate; aeration stimulates further leafy vegetative aromas, most notably, black tea and tobacco. Entry tastes of tea, sage, fennel and a deft touch of root-like quinine; at midpalate the cognac enters the equation and lends an obvious layer of elegance and genuine distillate presence. Finishes like a champion, long, semisweet, intensely herbal, mildly spicy, and satiny. Worthy of a hike in rating.
Santé: October, 2000
Beautiful, nutty aromas of almonds and hazelnuts, with licorice, cherry and toffee. minty flavors and lemon, with bitter leaves, chocolate and slight heat; slight lemon hint in the smooth finish.