Doug will be leaving Armenia shortly, so I thought it would be appropriate to toast his stay with an Armenian brandy taste test. In the near corner, we have Wisconsin's favorite brandy, Korbel:
And in the far corner, straight from Admiral Isakov Avenue, we have Armenia's Ararat:
How do they compare?
Well, Korbel is a mixin' brandy, not a sippin' brandy. It's what Saint Bernard rescue dogs carry around their necks when they find a snowbound traveler in need of a tailgate party. That being said, it's adequately smooth and mellow to drink straight. Maybe a little too mellow:
Ararat, although it has only a slightly higher proof, packs a much harder initial kick, and has a nice finish. It has a distinct character, with a hint of grape and smoke in the aftermath. Korbel, in comparison, is very much a processed brandy, an inoffensive amber spirit made for supper club cocktails.
It's an American tradition to use brandy as a mixer. There's an old American drink called the Stone Fence, which apparently dates before Independence. A Wisconsin version uses cherry juice, and I happen to have some cherry stomp right here.
I think I'll use the Korbel for this.
Oh, that's nice. Very nice. You could probably make a nice Armenian version with pomegranate juice.
Anyway. Cheers, Doug!