About XO Cognac

Serve in a Snifter
X.O. (or extra old) Cognacs require minimum of six years aging for the youngest cognac in the blend, with the average age running 20 years or older. All Cognac houses maintain inventories of old vintage Cognacs to use in blending these top of the line brands. The oldest Cognacs are removed from their casks in time and stored in glass demijohns (large jugs) to prevent further loss from evaporation and to limit excessively woody and astringent flavors.

In 2016, according the BNIC, the official Cognac regulatory agency, the minimum component age requirement for X.O. Cognac was raised to 10 years.
Top Picks for XO Cognac
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
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
Louis Royer
XO Cognac
Bright bronze color. Dense, complex aromas and flavors of caramelized black walnuts and plantains, licorice, fig paste, and spice with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with suggestions of pipe tobacco, mocha, cola, and mineral dust with moderate oak. A well balanced and rewarding XO that will be fantastic with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
Rémy Martin
1738 Accord Royal Cognac
Dark mahogany copper color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of cherry creme brulee, caramel apple, toffee, and banana cream pie with a glycerous, lively, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of chocolate alpine mint, pink peppercorn, cola, and brown spices with moderate oak. A sensational vibrant and hedonistic XO Cognac that is sure to please.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Cognac Selection Saint Sauvant
Pale amber color. Delicate, lively, floral aromas and flavors of spiced apples, cherries, and pears, anise, pistachio nougat, and fuel-like minerals with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with impressions of chocolate mint cookie, honeyed herbal tea, vanilla praline, and pepper. A complex and layered Cognac with beguiling, evolving flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
"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
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
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
Cognac XO
Brilliant copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced raisins, figs and dried fall fruits, toffee, hint of licorice, and smoked nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a relaxed cedar warehouse, caramel and molasses, and delicate spice finish. A pleasant easy drinking XO Cognac.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab