Ibis brandy was found at 1886 by Joseph Gautier. It is blend of different distillates around the France, also from Cognac province. Joseph Gautier & Fils was sold at 1926 to Jens-Einar Larsen, norwegian businessmen who lived in Cognac province. Later Jens-Einar set up his own brand Larsen Cognac. 2012 it was bought to Remy Martin, who sold it on to Altia, Finnish alcohol gigant (together with Ibis brandy). Even there is XO on the name, it do not mean anything with the brandys maturation ages. Ibis is widely available around the Estonia and one of the cheapes brandies on the market. Bottled to 36% strenght, price for 35cl bottle 7.69€ (Konsum).
XO here is a joke, there is nothing ‘extra old’ on this product. It is very young brandy, aged maybe from several months to one year. Aroma is very light, there is hint of raisin or ploom and oak. Taste is a bit sweet on the beginning, have very lightly raisin and oak. Overall the taste is tasteless and a bit musty. Burn is medium strong, aftertaste short, dryish, with hint of raisin. Ibis is under average level brandy, worthless product for which Altia definitely is not a proud of.