D’eaubonne VSOP (French brandy bottled in Canada)

D’eaubonne VSOP, 40% ABV – 375ml, (bottled in Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the front label:

“A Fine Blend of Imported French V.S.O.P. and Napoleon Brandies.”

  • Style: VSOP French Brandy (5+ years)
  • My Rating: C-
  • Taste Profile: High alcohol/numbness -> caramel/banana/wood -> rough alcohol/warmth
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12, 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to brandy aficionados: no way

Tasting notes: pours on the watery side for brandy, light orange. Massive amounts of alcohol and nasal burn on the nose, with caramel. Drinks with high tingliness and anticipation of nasal burn, numbness, and alcohol up front, background is highly numbing, minty, caramel, 7/10-sweetness, banana, medium warmth, and quite a rough alcoholic finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, not good transitions, okay carry, borderline drinkability. Flavour is there but the jaggedness makes it hard to sip.