Review #731 | /r/Brandy Review #18 – Germain-Robin XO
The Schtick: This was sent to me as a blind mystery and it was sampled live in the Whiskey Network Discord where I also got the reveal. I have filled in the relevant info here for convenience.
Distiller: Germain-Robin (California)
ABV: 40 % ABV
Age: At least 6 years old
Nose: Toffee, faint fruitiness, bitter plastic, vine fruit, molasses. Really effervescent fruitiness
Taste: Thin mouthfeel, vine fruit, some astringency / plastic, clove and pepper with some artificial spice. Grapes, pear, clove, syrupy molasses. Real lack of heat.
Finish: Finish: Short, no heat. Faintly syrupy, apple peel, pepper. Faint bitterness but very muted. Overall sweet and fruity. Raisin note like raisin bread
Guess / Overall: : Overall: it reminds me a lot of the courvosier I had some time ago. my guess is that it’s a grape based product that’s relatively young and bottled at 40-43% ABV. That amount of fruitiness can only be a grape based distillate or maybe a light light dosed guyana rum but I’m saying brandy. Not experienced enough to guess a brand but assuming 4-6years, 40-43% ABV. If it’s rum, it’s super light and vibrant, but I don’t think it is. The fruit lingers way too much.
Reveal: Germain Robin XO Brandy. I’m pretty impressed. I didn’t love the spirit but I’m getting a little better at identifying things blind. I’ve heard a lot of really positive things about this particular expression, so I’m a little surprised that it didn’t live up. Oh well.
Thanks for reading!