In 2022, brandy lovers were introduced to a new, super-premium spirit from industry veteran and innovator, Julious Grant. As Chairman and CEO of luxury spirits producer and marketer, The Brand House Group, Grant is leveraging his three decades of experience in C-Suite roles with the world’s most well-known spirits companies – including Beam Suntory, Bacardi and Moët Hennessy to name a few – to bring to market one of the most talked-about spirits debuts of the year.
Grant’s OMAGE artisanal brandy, which is produced and distilled in California’s prestigious wine-making regions, features a blend of grape varietals selected for their prime ripeness and production methods similar to those used in French cognac, with subtle variations to achieve a perfectly-balanced brandy crafted for enthusiasts across a wide preference spectrum to enjoy.
“OMAGE pays homage to cognac’s history and artistry, while showing what’s possible with American grapes,” said Grant. “Because of the freedoms brandy offers, we are building on the cognac-making process using a unique blend of high-quality, varietally-expressive grapes and oak variations to enhance flavor while reducing the sweetness typically found in the value brandy entries. OMAGE offers a more natural, authentic spirit produced using similar cognac processes and featuring beautifully balanced flavor profiles that will also resonate with consumers of high-end bourbon, whiskey and scotch.”
OMAGE integrates advanced distillation in both pot and column stills with aging in charred and toasted American bourbon and French oak barrels, depending on style. Whether enjoying OMAGE VS, VSOP or XO, the result is a refined, approachable, super premium brandy that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or used as a modern twist in classic cocktails.
OMAGE VS is aged two plus years and is dominated by juicy apple aromas giving way to a nutty, vanilla finish; OMAGE VSOP is aged four plus years and has inviting, bright aromas of fresh citrus and stone fruit complemented by a floral, toasty vanilla oak finish; OMAGE XO is aged six plus years and has a distinct aged character marked by a dried apricot aroma with hints of jasmine and honeysuckle balanced by tempered oak and a smooth caramel finish. OMAGE VS, VSOP and XO retail for $25.99, $35.99 and $89.99 respectively.
Ring in the New Year sipping OMAGE XO neat or on the rocks; or try an American 75, Grant’s reimagined version of the classic French 75, made with OMAGE VS and California sparkling wine. If you love an Old Fashioned, use OMAGE VSOP instead of bourbon for a delicious twist on this American standard.
OMAGE is available at wines & spirits retailers in major markets nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Boston and Milwaukee, among others. OMAGE can also be purchased at www.shop.omagebrandy.com, Drizly, Instacart and Wine.com for delivery to locations where it is permissible by law to receive alcohol products by mail.