Osocalis XO Alambic Brandy (750ml) (Previously $110)
*Top 50 Spirits of 2011* From a small family-run distillery, this blend of 'older' California brandies has a vibrant golden-orange color and a sweet apples-and-honey note. On the palate, creamy citrus flavors finish big and rich, with caramel, ginger and cinnamon notes, and a soft texture. Pair with a fruit dessert, like apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Come to think of it, this brandy would be dynamite simply poured over ice cream, too.
Brand new from the local legend of Osocalis (based in the Santa Cruz Mountains)! Their hugely anticipated XO brandy lives up to the hype in every way. Delicate and gentle on the entry, the palate moves through nutty flavors, caramel, and fruit, before really hitting its stride on the back. The finish is incredible as all the forementioned flavors really culminate in glorious harmony before sliding down your throat. The finish goes on forever, and it makes you wonder whether or not you can really nurse this bottle slowly. Our highest recommendation. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)