Enthusiast Magazine chooses Osocalis XO
among the Top
50 Spirits of 2011:
"93 Osocalis XO (USA; Osocalis Inc.,
Socquel, CA). 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
you really wonder to yourself if you are going to
be able to nurse this bottle slowly. Our highest
recommendation." - David Driscoll, K&L Spirits
F. Paul Pacult of Spirit Journal awarded
all of our grape brandies their top scores (December
Rare Alambic "**** /Highly Recommended"
XO "**** /Highly Recommended"
Heritage "**** /Highly Recommended"
Apple "*** /Recommended"
Good Spirits News:
Blair Frodelius, Cocktail Expert, enjoyed our brandies
in his September 2011 report:
Rare Alambic "The taste is an ascending
staircase of flavors which reveal themselves quickly,
moving from round and open grape brandy, to notes
of anise, pine forest, saffron, white pepper, dried
orange peel, mint and sandalwood. Amazingly complex
and as good an American brandy as I've had the pleasure
to partake. Quite the marvel. GSN Rating A"
XO "An excellent brandy and a standout
among American distillers. GSN Rating A-"
"Bring this out on a cool Autumn evening
to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
GSN Rating: B+"