Look, I'll cut the crap: this is one of the most unique spirits I've ever tasted. It's made from the schwag (discarded portions) of wine production and distilled into brandy.
Based on the notes from Bozzy and Sku, I expected that the flavors could alienate me: spoiled milk, mint, durian fruit, and barnyard grass? It was either going to be a homerun or a colossal whiff. It's the former.
It smells like the raw butter I once bought that eventually went bad. There's also cinnamon and vanilla frosting, and some Cognac fruit notes. It's all over the place. If it sounds gross, it isn't--it's addictive and intoxicating...dare I say, alluring?
The taste is explosive and rich: fruit, mint, huge funk, pastry, burnt butter. It's all happening at once and it's incredible. This is a totally new kind of booze, a category all its own. Don't let my tasting notes scare you, this is a graduate-level course for brandy heads.
I can't stop raving about it.
90 pts/A-. This is Hampden/Laphroaig level, totally unique and unforgettable. Totally floored me. Brilliant! Thanks to Sku for the bottle split.