February 2016 - Cognac, Armagnac & Calvados

This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac & Calvados
Cognac, Armagnac & Calvados Reviews
213874
Augier
Le Singulier Cognac
Brilliant gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin compote and cake, fruity caramel, saffron and delicate spices, and suede with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, elegant, long chocolate caramel cream, honeyed raisin toast, browns spices, and minerals finish. A beautiful and delicious VSOP-like Cognac that over-delivers for the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213849
Courvoisier
XO Cognac
Medium dark amber color. Rich, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of raisin cake, orange and apricot marmalades, and toffee with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long cola, spiced dried tropical fruits and nuts, caramel cream, and cedar and leather finish. A wonderfully dry and flavor packed Cognac that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213957
Marquis de Brim
XO Cognac
Brilliant amber color. Lively, buttery, citrusy earthy aromas of chocolate mousse, creme brulee, toasted fruitcake, and incense with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried fruits and tobacco leaf, nut skins and brittle, limestone, and delicate spices finish. A very nice, smooth and easy-drinking XO Cognac.
92 points $79.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213875
Augier
Le Sauvage Cognac
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, toasty, complex aromas and flavors of fresh fruity granola, raisin bar, and spicy egg nog with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla milk, spiced macadamia brittle, grassy earth, and roasted nuts and leather finish. An understated and alluring Cognac with an elegant posture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213956
Marquis de Brim
VSOP Cognac
Amber color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts, creme brulee, honeyed raisin toast, and carrot cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sweet cream, baking and pepper spices, and minerals finish. A very nicely, balanced and versatile VSOP Cognac with pleasing warmth.
90 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213701
SEMPE
VSOP Armagnac
Brilliant amber color. Bright, spicy, nutty fruity aromas and flavors of toasted raisin nut bread, chocolate nuts, sassafras, and yeasty pastry dough with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced nuts, creme brulee, mocha, and cedar finish. A smooth, satisfying and well balanced VSOP Armagnac that will make a fine introduction to the category.
90 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213955
Marquis de Brim
VS Cognac
Gold color. Bright, fresh, spicy aromas and flavors of raisin-peach compote, apple bread pudding, chocolate, and sandalwood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long praline, baking spices, and cola finish. A vivacious and attractive VS Cognac that will mix brilliantly.
89 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213851
Courvoisier
VSOP Cognac
Amber color. Lively, mature, oaky aromas and flavors of dried fruit, toffee, delicate spice, and candied yams with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy raisin cake, vanilla cream, and toasted nuts finish. A charming VSOP Cognac with lovely, easy-drinking balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213086
Kirkland Signature
XO Cognac
Bright amber color. Rich, spicy aromas of orange spice cake, fruity caramel, and cedar cigar box with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long spiced nuts and dried fruits, tobacco, mocha, and menthol-mint finish. A lovely warming XO Cognac.
89 points $48.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213876
Augier
L'Oceanique Cognac
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity aromas of fresh fruitcake, sweet baking spices, honeyed nuts, and polished wood and suede with a silky, body and a tingling, delightful, breezy raisin-mango chutney on toast, chocolate cream, pepper, and minerals finish. A vibrant, fresh and delicious, spicy Cognac for sipping or fantastic cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213850
Courvoisier
VS Cognac
Medium golden amber color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin bread pudding, creme brulee, spiced nuts, and root beer float with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy sweet cream, mincemeat pie, pepper, and grassy earth finish. A rock solid VS for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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