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Review: Korbel California Brandy

Korbel California Brandy — made right here and aged a mere 2 years in oak barrels — is hardly the elevated brandy experience Cognac drinkers have become accustomed to, which is why this is usually sold in two sizes: 200ml and 1.75 liters, the latter of which will run you a mere 20 bucks.

It’s a harmless brandy, but nothing special, clearly doctored heavily to sweeten it into easy palatability. The nose is lightly woody but otherwise well-loaded with brown sugar and raisins, plus a rustic note that sees just a touch of raw alcohol. The palate follows suit, extremely sweet but also seeing a moderate current of underbrush, growing increasingly earthy as the finish builds. Frankly, though, there’s so much sweetness here that it’s tough for much of anything else to get through — for better or for worse. And, let’s be honest, cheap brandy can easily get a whole lot worse than this.

Korbel has also been pitching its brandy as a simple “Bubbly and Brandy” combination, in conjunction with is Prosecco. Historically a Champagne Cocktail mixes an ounce of brandy with a glass of Champagne, sugar cube, and Angostura bitters, but you can make it a two-ingredient version if you’re looking for something ultra-simple. Feel free to switch up your brands, of course.

80 proof.

C+ / $20 per 1.75 liter bottle / korbel.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Christopher Null

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

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  1. Joe April 28, 2020

    Half of all Korbel brandy is sold in Wisconsin where it is used in the abomination they call an “Old Fashioned”.

  2. Phillip April 29, 2020

    If they ever make it again for widespread distribution, or if you get your hands on the Korbel 12, that was very enjoyable, highly recommended.


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