Review: Martell Caractere Cognac

martell charactere 206x300 Review: Martell Caractere CognacMartell recently launched this Cognac, a simple blend of brandies (in an admittedly snazzy bottle), with no age indication at all. In other words: This is entry-level Cognac, so let’s see how it tastes.

On first blush it’s a clearly young spirit, somewhat brash on the nose, but tempered with notes of incense and, curiously, sawdust. On the body, there’s plenty of heat, along with some more raw grapeseed notes. Again, secondary notes save the day from driving Caractere into forgetability. Prune/raisin, some orange oil, and chewy caramel provide interest, although there’s no real sense of balance or cohesion in the end. Ultimately this would work for a mixing brandy (Martell’s cocktail ideas including mixing it into a blend of pineapple juice and cola), but it just doesn’t have the austerity for drinking straight.

80 proof. Exclusively available in California.

B- / $35 / martell.com

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One Response to Review: Martell Caractere Cognac

  1. We reviewed the Martell Caractere some days ago – when you take into consideration that this is a pretty young cognac, the whole tasting experience is pretty well rounded.

    http://blog.cognac-expert.com/martell-caractere-review/

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