Seven Tails XO Brandy is a French brandy. It is the creation of industry veteran and master blender Arnaud de Trabuc (former CEO of Angostura Group and president of Cognac producer Thomas Hine & Company amongst other things) and renowned British bar owner Joel Fraser (The Cufflink Club, Singapore).
The alchemy and importance of blending is at the fore of this aged brandy: it is a blend of Cognacs, Armagnacs and another French brandy from the south of France. The Seven Tails philosophy is the the “sum is greater than the parts”. To this end 7 carefully selected brandies, some younger, some older, have been chosen and each brings their own characteristics to the blend. The brandies that form the Seven Tails XO Brandy blend are:
The aged, more sophisticated brandies add body and structure and the younger eaux de vie offer a freshness and vibrancy perfect for mixing in cocktails. After the blend has been created, the brandies, aged between 3 and 30 years old, are finished in Port wine casks which allows a rich depth of flavour, encompassing tasting notes of pecan pie, dried fig, blackberries and toasted vanilla to develop.
Seven Tails XO Brandy features a striking label with the image of a fox, the keeper of the elixir in alchemy iconography. Surrounding the fox are seven icons that symbolize the seven stages of alchemy which guide the philosophy and process of Seven Tails.
Seven Tails XO Brandy has racy notes of fresh grape, dark chocolate and sandalwood are framed by rich berry fruit in this brandy’s beguiling nose. The palate carries refined flavours of toasted pecan, marzipan, vanilla cake and a hint of savoury mushroom broth.
Can be drunk neat or over ice but brandy has really been designed for use in mixing cocktails. Try in a French 75 or Old Fashioned.
• Gold Medal – Taste, Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2020
• Gold Medal – Design, Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2020
• 93 Points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019