Unassuming at just $45 (at most — I’ve seen if for $35 sometimes), Pierre Ferrand’s Ambre is hardly an ultra-luxe cognac.
And yet for the price you pay you’re getting an exceptionally high-quality brandy that I find hard not to recommend to any cognac fan. In fact, I like it quite a bit better than some of Ferrand’s older cognacs (which I’ve sampled as long in the tooth as 70 years old).
Aged just 10 years, Ambre takes on a nice amber tone, and the aromas are mellow and fruity. The flavor is moderate — not too intense, making this an easy-drinking day-to-day cognac. Delicious honey, nougat, apricot, fig, and a touch of orange citrus can all be found in the body. The finish is light and refreshing, very smooth and inviting.
It’s hard to believe this cognac is so young and so cheap, but I’m not complaining, Pierre. Promise.
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