Legion is Moldovan brandy made by Ungheni-Vin. It’s situated in Ungheni city in west-Moldova, close to the Romanian border. It’s the biggest winehouse in Moldova, three times bigger than the next fire winehouse together and the only Moldovan company who also exports its own products. They export to 15 countries, mostly to east-Europe. Wine house was established in 1997 and their yearly turnover is one million euros, so on European scale it’s a very small producer. Legion VS is a blend of different age distillates, medium maturation age of three years. Legacy is one of the most expensive Moldovan brandy, but I succeeded in finding a 50cl bottle at a discounted price of 7.99€.
It’s clearly a young brandy, which makes me doubt the 3YO age statement. Nose is very smooth and sweet. It has some oak, floral aromas and a hint of peppermint. Taste has honey and raisin, it’s very smooth but also quite light. There is some fresh leather than the same producer Magistr brandy, but on Legion it does not disturb so much. Burn is very smooth, the aftertaste is short and has a bit of leather and oak. Well balanced, sweet brandy which is very easy to sip. I found this brandy better to sip neat than use for cocktails. It does not give so much aromas to classic brandy cocktails like Sidecar. Anyway the taste does not offer anything special, it’s matured just so long there is no burn of the distillate but there either are not many aromas from the barrel yet. Flowery honey aroma could tell there might be some honey added. Overall in its price class it’s a good product and so far the best Moldovan brandy I have tasted.