Telavi is brandy made by Marani winehouse at Telavi city in eastern-Georgia. It’s in the Kakheti region, which is the biggest wine production area in Georgia. Telavi winehouse was established in 1915 and they made wine by old traditions but by modern methods. Brandy is distilled on a small pot still and matured on French oak barrels. Price for 50cl is 11.99€.
Telavi have quite pungent but lightly fruity and spicy aroma. Taste is milder than what can be expected from the nose. There is still quite a lot of kick from the distillate and alcohol burn vanishes the slight nuances. Anyway I can find some flowering fruity and oak in the background. Taste is quite dry so it feels there is not so much added sugar or grape must on it. Aftertaste is short and dry, and has some spicy oak and leather. It is still young and quite unfinished, for paying a few extra euros you’ll have 5YO or 8YO versions which are smoother and more balanced. Telavi 3YO is too pungent to sip neat, but is a good choice for cocktails instead of VS cognacs.