Review: Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend

Review: Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend

merlet cognac Brothers Blend bottleFormerly a private label distiller of Cognac for the major houses, Merlet (pronounced mer-lay) has launched its own label, under its own name. (The company also makes a variety of fruit liqueurs, which we’ll be reviewing soon.) The first product, launching now in the U.S., is called Merlet Brothers Blend, a marriage of eaux-de-vies ranging in age from four to 12 years old.

My first encounter with Brothers Blend was a little off-putting. I found it hot and young, typical of a pre-teen Cognac. On further tasting, after letting the bottle simmer down for a few weeks with a little air in the headspace, things have interestingly improved.

Now this Cognac is exhibiting youth, but also lots of fruit. Fresh apple notes and golden raisins form the core, with a mild vanilla/creme brulee character atop that, with a touch of incense and cinnamon on the kicker. It’s very lively, and the funky earthiness has blown off now, leaving behind a light body with lots of easy-drinking freshness. Can’t complain at this price.

80 proof.

B+ / $35 /

Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Dex on February 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hey there, not to go all grammarian on you, but second paragraph last word: do you mean “improved”? I only point this out because I was staring at it for a couple of minutes trying ti figure out why my brain would let me go on to the rest of the article.

  2. Christopher Null on February 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

    yes, sorry Dex. fixing

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