February 2014 - Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados
Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados Reviews
205257
Drouet et Fils
Cuvée Ulysse XO Grande Champagne Cognac
Deep copper color. Interesting aromas of cashew nougat, dried fruits, leather, and floral honeycomb with a satiny soft, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, chocolate orange peel, creme brulee, tropical fruit, and Asian spice nuanced finish. A lively and elegantly flavorful XO Cognac that is sure to please both Cognac novices and connoisseurs.
97 points $124.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204757
Bertrand
Petite Fine Champagne Cognac XO
Deep reddish mahogany color with an olive rim. Dense aromas of varnished wood, singed nuts, cherry cola, anise, and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, resonant finish with notes of creme brulee, honey, spiced apples, pepper, pencil shavings, and forest floor. Lots of mature, wood aged complexity and panache for very serious sipping or cigars. Make sure to aerate for several minutes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204756
Bertrand
Petite Fine Champagne Cognac Napoléon
Dark copper brown color with an olive rim suggests long aging. Dense aromas of chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts and spice cake with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a long, rich finish with notes of brown spices, cola, minerals, and tobacco. A rich, wood influenced Napoleon Cognac for contemplative sipping or cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205226
Camus
"Elegance" VSOP Cognac
Deep amber color. Mellow aromas of raisin cake and floral honey with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and soft, smooth delicately spicy, mineral laden finish with pleasant lingering warmth. A very elegant and stylish VSOP Cognac; try with cheeses.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205227
Camus
"Elegance" XO Cognac
Rich copper color. Attractive aromas of salty, caramelized roasted nuts, apple and date pastries, and a hint of sassafras with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a molasses cake, honeyed pear, peppery spice, and sandalwood accented finish. An excellent combination of vibrancy and elegance.
93 points $159.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205225
Camus
"Elegance" VS Cognac
Amber color. Aromas of peach buttercream, prunes, and caramelized pear with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, smooth flan, mineral, dried flower and peppercorn finish. A creamy, elegant VS for mixing or sipping on the rocks.
91 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205228
Camus
"Borderies" VSOP Cognac
Deep amber color with a bright olive rim. Aromas of dried stone fruits and honey pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively vanilla and baking spices accented finish with tea like tannins. An excellent, elegant choice for craft cocktails.
91 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205258
Drouet et Fils
VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
Brilliant amber color. Intricate aromas and flavors of buttery pistachio brittle, floral honey, grassy herbs, creme brulee and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate finish with crushed nuts, chocolate orange peel, pencil shavings, mocha, and peppery spice notes. An elegant artisanal style for sipping or top shelf craft cocktails.
90 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205200
Louis Royer
VS Cognac
Amber color. Aromas of raisin chutney and spiced pears with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant peppery spice, orange blossom honey, and mineral accented finish. A solid VS Cognac for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205230
Merlet
Brothers Blend Cognac
Lustrous deep amber color. Aromas of dried fruits, caramel, corsage, and spices with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a mellow toasted fruit cake finish. A light and fruity VSOP that will do well in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205229
Camus
Île de Ré Fine Island Cognac
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter and spicy peach compote with a silky, light-to-medium body and a carefree finish with notes of spiced pears, pepper, blossoms, and caramelized nuts. A tasty, easy drinking cognac with a feminine appeal.
88 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205195
D’USSÉ
Cognac VSOP
Rich copper color with an olive green rim. Aromas of honeyed dates, nuts, and fig pastries with a soft, fruity medium body and a warming pepper, chocolate covered pear, baking spices, tobacco, and chalk accented finish. A good, mild Cognac for cocktails or sipping neat.
87 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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