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Merlet Brothers Blend – Cognac Review

7 March 2012 One Comment

The Merlet family, distillers since 1850 recently introduced the Merlet Brothers Blend, the first Cognac they bring with private label to the market, but made with know-how of five generations.

This Brothers Blend results from the marriage of several “Eaux-de-Vies” aged from 4 to 12 years old. Brothers Blend consists 80% of Fins Bois which is aged for 4-5 years, giving it a slightly ligther tone, 20% comes from Fine Champagne (Grande and Petite Champagne) and is aged for 12 years.

This Cognac is for us a return to our roots. As a matter of fact we are talking about our historical first activity as Merlet has been producing Cognac “Eaux-de-Vies” since 1850 and five generations. Having so far distilled for the major merchants (Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier), we can finally bottle under our own label today. Gilles Merlet created Brothers Blend to be the reflexion of his two sons, Pierre and Luc, who joined the family run business to back him.

Unlike other Cognacs which are created with sipping in mind this blend also have been created to be used in Cocktails and reflects that in it’s characteristics. The difference we recognized is the fact that this Cognac is much more aromatic than many other VS/VSOP Cognacs.

The tasting notes of the Merlet Brothers Blend are:

The color: orange-gold.
The nose: sweet Fins Bois like nose, very fresh. With some peach and apricots, vanilla and some hints of wood.
The taste: fruity (peach and apricots) in the beginning, later some light wood flavours.
The after-taste: balanced but short in length.
The origin: 80% Fins Bois, 20% Fine Champagne (Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne).
The age: 4 to 12 year old cognac with an average age of 5-6 years.
The price: about $40, –
Price / quality ratio: neat an very tasteful Cognac, mixed in classic cocktails this Cognac will definitely perform even better.

 

Read more about the Merlet Brothers blend.

 

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  • Cognac J said:

    This is a really good cognac for the price – and perfect for cocktails, as you say. Just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune. So many people don’t even know about some of the smaller, artisan brands that are so wonderful (and don’t break the bank). Thanks for sharing this one. This is quite a good site as well –
    http://www.cognacbrands.com/ – where you can find out more about various brands.

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