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Germain-Robin Brandy

w/ Master Sommelier Eric Entrikin, Brand Ambassador for Germain-Robin

date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm [PDT, Pacific Daylight Time]

location: Virtual Tasting via Zoom [in the safety of your home]


This is SCWC's first foray into the magical world of brandy. Brandy’s storied history, provenance, and complex flavors makes it a fantastic alternative for whiskey fans. It has many characteristics reminiscent of whiskey thanks to oak barrel aging and the use of distillation. If you are looking to expand your palate, we are recommending brandy; there’s something even the most ardent whiskey lover can appreciate. Distilled exclusively using craft methods on an antique cognac Pruhlo Charentais pot stills in Mendocino County, Germain-Robin is aged in Limousin oak barrels to highlight the flavors that make this California Brandy one of the most sought-after aged spirits.

line-up [1oz samples]:

1. Germain-Robin California Alambic Brandy

    aged 7 years in French Limousin oak barrels, 40%ABV


2. Germain-Robin XO Brandy

    select barrel, aged 11 years in small Limousin oak barrels, 40%ABV


3. Germain-Robin Old Havana

    blend of 20 different brandies, featuring 9 different varieties, 40% ABV  

    rare and discontinued, crafted to pair with Cuban-leaf cigars

    originally blended in 1997 | contains brandies more than 25 years old


4. Germain-Robin Single Barrel v127

    distilled 1992  |  bottled in 2010

    release  |  100% pinot noir 

    41.6% ABV  |  aged 17 years

Each package will have 2 tins included — one with almonds/walnuts and one with chocolate for pairing with the brandy. This event features a very rare bottle of single cask brandy that was distilled in 1992, with a yield of only 681 bottles, and bottled back in 2010. And the discontinued Old Havana brandy that was named the “Best Spirit in the World” by 3 different publications.

“No cognac is as good as Germain-Robin brandy” - LA Times 

“Germain-Robin is the best grape spirit on the planet.” - Spirits & Cocktails Magazine


A big thanks to Liz Tomanchek, Senior Portfolio Consultant with the Èlevage Collection, for making this happen!

cocktail recipe that won the Spirits Shaker competition

Cocktail name: After the Fire


1 oz. Argonaut Fat Thumb CA Brandy

1 oz. Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro

1 oz. fresh blood orange juice

½ teaspoon Mezcal

2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters (Fee Brothers, but Angostura or Peychaud’s work)

Absinthe for rinse

Blood orange twist for garnish


Chill serving glass.

Char twist over an open flame for a minute or two, till it starts to spark.

Pour a small amount of Absinthe in chilled glass and coat inside. Discard Absinthe

Shake all ingredients except the Absinthe and twist in a cocktail shaker.

Pour in chilled glass and top with twist


Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier

Germain-Robin Brandy Ambassador

© 2013 Southern California Whiskey Club

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