Well, Millard is kind of like U S brandy.
You maybe know he’s there (or used to be), 13th president of the USA (1850-53),
but you don’t know much about him, and a lot of folks don’t think very highly of him.
That’s U S brandy, right? You don’t drink it, you don’t know much about it,
and not many people think highly of it.
We don’t know what we can do for Millard, but we know what we can do for
U S brandy:
We’re putting U S brandy where it belongs:
ON THE MAP OF THE WORLD’S GREAT DISTILLED SPIRITS
For a balanced view of President Fillmore, see the N Y Times obituary (1874) here:
For a balanced view of Germain-Robin brandy, see the N Y Times review (1995,
by Frank Prial) of the Select Barrel XO here (scroll to the bottom of the article):
or, to save you the trouble:
“TASTINGS – Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO California Brandy. If handmade and handcrafted are words that stir your soul, and if you also happen to love fine Cognac, you might be in the market for Germain-Robin’s Select Barrel XO. Hubert Germain-Robin is the scion of an old Cognac firm in France. He set up shop in the hills outside Ukiah, Calif., in 1982 with every intention of making better brandy in Mendocino County than he and his ancestors ever did in the Charente-Maritime in France. Mr. Germain-Robin would not deign to call this brandy Cognac since it is not made in Cognac, France, but it should prove to anyone that he did what he set out to do. The depth and richness are astonishing, even by Cognac standards; the use of low-yield varieties like pinot noir and semillon give the wine structure and elegance not often found in the most expensive Cognacs. It could make a great gift, or it could be even better to drink it yourself.”