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Selection Olivier Blanc

Selection Olivier Blanc
XO Artisanal Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$80

Selection Olivier Blanc
XO Artisanal Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: peach and apricot fruit leather, salted caramel, honey drizzled marcona almonds, and forest mushrooms
Taste Flavor: cherry, pine, white pepper, and chocolate spiked espresso
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, with cigars and with drops of water
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light-on-it-feet XO that favors finesse over brawn.

The Producer

Selection Olivier Blanc S.O.B

The Producer
28 Rue Bel Air
Cherac, 17610
France
33 -607993869

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.