About XO Cognac

About XO Cognac
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

Selection Olivier Blanc XO Extraordinaire Cognac
96 points
$180
Amber color. Elegant aromas of rich caramel, teriyaki sauce, roasted nut butter, fruit preserves, and anise with a round, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long salted peanut skins, black tea, warm earthy spices, and menthol finish. An exceptionally balanced, powerful, and lengthy cognac for whiskey lovers.
Awards: 2017 Best XO Cognac
Courvoisier XO Cognac
94 points
$150
Brilliant copper color. Nutty aromas of ripe red apples, plum tart, almond butter, and toasted coconut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long leather, cacao nibs, dried hen of the woods mushrooms, smoked paprika, and cured pork finish. A spectacularly complex cognac that offers a layered flavor journey for the palate; experiential.
Awards: 2018 Best XO Cognac
Drouet et Fils XO Ulysse Cognac
94 points
$140
Copper color. Inviting aromas of prosciutto, cafe au lait, cherry mostarda, musk, and yuzu with a round, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, long chocolate dipped candied orange peels, cinnamon spice drops, chocolate caramel candies, and dried rose petals finish. A delicious, engaging cognac with a long, developing finish; savor.
Croizet X.O. Gold Cognac
93 points
$137.99
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, passionfruit, toasted croissant, sesame oil, and cured meats with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long espresso beans, red bean bao, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, caraway, and dried peach finish. A spicy, chewy XO cognac that will be a delightful nightcap offering for your guests.
93 points $137.99
Camus Borderies XO Family Reserve Cognac
93 points
$169.99
Bright bronze color. Aromas of tobacco, caramel sauce with candied lemon peel, apple strudel, and wax with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-length mixed berry jam, spiced orange oil, dry roasted peanuts, pressed flowers, and leather patina finish. A dry XO that brings a citrusy vibe for mellow sipping.
93 points $169.99
Camus Borderies XO Cognac
93 points
$159.99
Copper color. Fruity aromas of apple pie, cherry cordial, tobacco shop, chocolate shavings, and wintergreen with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length chocolate coated toffee, salted caramel sponge cake, and molasses finish. A craveable XO cognac with delectable doses of caramel and chocolate flavor.
93 points $159.99
Bache-Gabrielsen XO Natur & Eleganse Cognac
92 points
$84.99
Copper color. Aromas of saffron, pickled apples, olives, marcona almonds, spearmint, and plum butter on caraway rye with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and an intricate, medium-long dried starfruit, white pepper, and fine leather finish. An elegant, slow moving cognac for contemplative enjoyment.
92 points $84.99
Campagnere XO Cognac
90 points
$169.98
Bronze color. Exotic aromas of jasmine tea with honey, aniseed, fresh chervil, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length leather, sarsaparilla, and minerals finish. A solid XO Cognac with an enticing aroma.
90 points $169.98
Selection Olivier Blanc XO Artisanal Cognac
88 points
$80
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach and apricot fruit leather, salted caramel, honey drizzled marcona almonds, and forest mushrooms with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long cherry, pine, white pepper, and chocolate spiked espresso finish. A light-on-it-feet XO that favors finesse over brawn.
D’USSÉ Cognac XO
88 points
$230
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 breezy finish displaying overtones of cedar warehouse, caramel and molasses, and delicate spice finish. A pleasant easy drinking XO Cognac.