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Courvoisier

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$150

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Dark amber color. Aromas of jasmine, toffee, marcona almonds, sea spray, amarena cherries, clove, and star anise with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a silky, involved, very long caramel, milk chocolate, pickled peach, bread pudding, walnut praline, espresso, and olives finish. An elegant floral XO cognac that layers the palate in decadence with each sip.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Rich & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: jasmine, toffee, marcona almonds, sea spray, amarena cherries, clove, and star anise
Taste Flavor: caramel, milk chocolate, pickled peach, bread pudding, walnut praline, espresso, and olives
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, with cigars and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Sidecar, Brandy Crusta, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegant and floral XO cognac that layers the palate in decadence with each sip.

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.