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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Drinks and Food what brand of brandy do you use in your scorpion and other tiki drinks
what brand of brandy do you use in your scorpion and other tiki drinks
old band alum
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Posted: 2012-02-11 07:19 am   Permalink

What brand or type of brandy should I use in tiki drinks such Scorpion or Fog Cutter. I would like a few names of common brands that I might be able to find locally instead of rare brands.

 
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kid_dynamo
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Posted: 2012-02-11 08:45 am   Permalink

I have a half full bottle of korbel brandy laying around since we made our last batch of brandied cherries, so I use that in my 'well' drinks, but if I'm feeling fancy I will put in some Courvoisier VS.

I'm more of a rye and rum man though, so I'm not the best person to ask about brandy.


 
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WestADad
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From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2012-02-11 08:48 am   Permalink

I use Korbel VSOP, I like it and it works well in my Fog Cutters.

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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2012-02-11 10:37 am   Permalink

I just use Paul Masson VSOP, about $17/1.75L. IMO, the finer qualities of a high-end brandy are overwhelmed by the other ingredients in a Scorpion, anyway.
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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-02-11 12:54 pm   Permalink

Korbel, Christian Brothers, E&J VSOP...if I'm making a scorpion I don't typically reach that high up on the shelf.

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CincyTikiCraig
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2012-02-11 1:51 pm   Permalink

Another vote for Paul Masson VSOP. It's a good value mixing brandy that punches above its weight. Don't use a good Cognac, its subtleties will be completely lost in a Scorpions Bowl.

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Wayfarer
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Posted: 2012-02-12 02:30 am   Permalink

E&J VSOP, I'm not big into brandy and it gets the job done for mixing up Suffering Bastards and Fogcutters.
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djmont
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From: Potomac Falls, VA
Posted: 2012-02-12 08:13 am   Permalink

Raynal VSOP is an excellent choice -- good enough to drink on its own, but cheap enough to mix.

 
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jokeiii
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From: Miami
Posted: 2012-02-12 10:07 am   Permalink

Martell VS. It also "punches above its weight" in other cocktails or sipped from a snifter. Ridiculous value, too. The Raynal suggestion is also a sound one, and Hennessy VS is also great.
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2012-02-12 10:08 am   Permalink

Martell VS. It also "punches above its weight" in other cocktails or sipped from a snifter. Ridiculous value, too. The Raynal suggestion is also a sound one, and Hennessy VS is also great.
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