1950s Remy Martin VSEP - 40%
Remy specializes in Fine Champagne production which isn't a specific cru but rather a designation for blending distillate from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Since 1948, every bottle of Remy has carried this designation. I wasn't able to unearth the distinction between VSOP and VSEP, but my gut is they are fairly interchangeable and indicate a minimum of 4 years aging.
In 1990, Remy merged with Cointreau to form the Remy Cointreau. Their portfolio consists of:
Rémy Martin cognac, Louis XIII cognac, Mount Gay Rum, Cointreau liqueur, METAXA,
Bruichladdich, The Botanist gin, St-Rémy French brandy. Domaine des Hautes Glaces French single malt whisky, and Westland American single malt whiskey.
Notes: Nose is overripe and fruit driven. Pear. Vanilla. Tangerine. Blueberry. Light wood. The palate is fat and full (likely some dosage - but doesn't get cloying or sticky). Candied peach rings. Clementine. Pear. Vanilla cream. Little citrus spike into the oak mid-palate. Finish is short and clean.
Pour This For: The oak, body, and light fruit will translate well for sub-100 proof bourbon fans.
Score: 6 (Solid) Very full, soft, and creamy - just shy of flabby. Fairly linear without being boring.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour