Full Review

Courvoisier

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$150
2018 Best XO Cognac

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Candied & Rich
Aroma Aroma: ripe red apples, plum tart, almond butter, and toasted coconut
Taste Flavor: leather, cacao nibs, dried hen of the woods mushrooms, smoked paprika, and cured pork
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spectacularly complex cognac that offers a layered flavor journey for the palate; experiential.

The Producer or Importer

Beam Suntory Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
USA
1 312-964-6999

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XO Cognac

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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.