It's hard to say which is more surprising, the fact that this blend of American brandy and French Cognac yields such a Cognac taste-alike, or the remarkably gentle pricing. It has a copper penny color, boozy hazelnut fragrance and a dry flavor with a powerful finish of allspice, espresso and cigar tobacco. Good value.
This is a pretty generous rating, actually. Masson used to include cognac in this brandy, but no longer. The bottle is the same, the price is slightly less, but the product is substandard compared to what it used to be. There is a strong alcoholic burn and very little nose on it. At present I'm drinking from my last bottle of what WineEnthusiast reviewed six years ago and the 93 is well-deserved. The present formulation of "a blend of fine brandies" is nothing like that. WineEnthusiast needs to revisit this one so that readers can be properly informed.