Aznauri means noble in georgian language. Aznauri brandies are produced in Georgia by Ukrainian company Global Beverage Trade. It is sold as cognac in Ukrainian and Russian market, but exported as brandy. Aznauri brandies are made by Rkaksiteli grapes (another usual grape sort in Georgia is Saperavi). After distillation it is matured on charred oak barrels 3-8 years. 50cl bottle was at 11.49€ bargain price in Latvia.
Nose is quite light, there are some dried fruits and oak, leather aromas. Taste is strong, burning, there is some oak, dried fruits, it’s slightly sweet. Anyway aromas are quite light and difficult to notice among the alcohol vapours. Aftertaste is short and dry, have some dried plum. Anyway, it do not feel at all as 8 years matured. It’s raw, rough and alcohol burn is strong. If it’s really matured so long, the wood which are used on barrels should be very hard, havent’s soften the taste enough during the years. When 8-years old brandy is already so strong, I would not want to taste the younger ones at all. Aznauri 8YO is still unfinished, not so quality distillate, can be compared to cheap VS cognacs. I did not enjoyed it so much, only use of it is for cocktails.