Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin Petite Champagne VSOP

Cognac, named after the town of Cognac, France, is a variety of brandy produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name.

Jean Grosperrin founded the House Grosperrin in 1992, which stands out as one of the last independent Cognac houses. Grosperrin dedicates itself largely to vintage cognacs only about 1% of all cognacs produced are vintage because of highly restrictive and onerous regulations. Relying on his deep network of growers, Jean and his son Guilhelm purchase barrels of cognacs that they age and release once it is properly matured.

One such vintage I had the pleasure to sample is the Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin Petite Champagne VSOP. Distilled in an Alambic Charentais copper pot and aged a minimum of twelve years, it’s made from different Cognacs coming from the same cru terroir, which are chalky limestone and “groies” type soils. The result is a luscious nose of vanilla, fresh fruit and spice, followed by bold flavors of the same and a woody and spicy finish that is not overpowering.

Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin Petite Champagne VSOP is imported by Domaine Select Wine & Spirits and is distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Southern Nevada and Southern California. Suggested retail price is $79.99 per 750 ml.

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Kerrygold is the international brand of the Irish company Ornua. and is the marketing and sales division created by Ireland’s small dairy farmer co-op creameries to export butter and cheeses around the world. Kerrygold butter and cheeses are widely available in US supermarkets and specialty stores, but now for the first time its Irish Cream Liqueur is available in the US.

Named World’s Best Cream Liqueur at the 2016 World Drink Awards, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is a premium blend of natural Irish cream, real chocolate and oak-aged Irish whiskey. Most cream liqueurs tend to use chocolate flavorings, but Kerrygold is made with real chocolate. The flavors in this liqueur blend quite nicely and complement each other offering an intense experience of creaminess, and its 17% ABV provides a warming velvety richness.

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is imported exclusively in the US by Infinium Spirits at a suggested retail price of $24.99. In Southern California it is distributed by Young’s Market and in Southern Nevada through Breakthru Beverage.