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St. Agnes XO Grand Reserve 40 Year Old Brandy (700ml)
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- ABV 43%
St Agnes Distillery has released two inimitable expressions of XO to join the widely popular XO 15 Year Old and celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the St Agnes Distillery and brand. "They represent a uniquely Australian take on the timeless luxury and prestige of XO, and we can’t wait to show them off to Australia and the rest of the world,” Richard Angove stated.The quality of the new release XOs has already been recognised, with the XO Grand Reserve 40 Year Old and the XO Imperial 20 Year Old both awarded Double Gold at the 2015 Melbourne International Spirits Competition. (The St Agnes XO 15 Year Old was awarded the only Gold medal at the same show). Present day St.Agnes is twice distilled in copper pot stills made by H. Jennings of Adelaide before its extended maturion in oak casks. Producing spirit at not more than 83% is a critical aspect of production as compared to cheaper spirits that are stripped of grape character by distilling to a much higher 95%. Brandy by definition must have at least 25% of the end product distilled at not more than 83% alc/vol but with St Agnes it is 100% distilled at not more than 83% alc/vol. resulting in a much more complex spirit. Tasting note: Aged for a minimum of 40 years with the oldest component distilled in 1970. Deep copper colour showing considerable legs. Mild shellac in the opening gradually gives way to cracked walnuts, cocoa and creme caramel evolving scents of cedar and rancio with a freshness that belies its age. Concentrated, energetic and keenly balanced after decades in oak, this offers deep flavours of dates, raisin cake, cocoa, cigar box plus hints of caramel at the finish; Toblerone bar, rancio and late dried fruits linger in the aftertaste. The persistence of flavour is quite astonishing. A masculine-styled and superbly integrated brandy to rival Armagnac's finest. World class. 43% Alc./Vol.