In California, Trader Joes sells not just beer and wine, but liquor as well! I picked up a bottle of Claude Chatelier VS Cognac there back around Christmas for a whole $19.99, with the contingency plan that "if this doesn't taste good, we'll cook with it, it'll be better than cooking brandy". I normally drink VSOP Cognac (Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martel, or Courvoisier... which typically is the $22 Hennessy from Costco). Total Wine's Cognac is usually (in Greenville SC, Glendale AZ, Goodyear AZ, and Phoenix AZ) locked up in a glass case, and you have to get a store attendant to come over and unlock it for you (1st world problems, yeah, I know). So it was nice to try a new brand that was not kept under lock & key.
eau de vie, just as every Cognac (by law) must have. And I am additionally delighted to know that this delicious, healthy, high quality French spirit is also wonderfully inexpensive - cheaper even than Jameson, Bushmills, Maker's Mark, or Woodford Reserve, and better for you too! Thanks Trader Joes!
1 year ago