Full Review

Selection Olivier Blanc

Selection Olivier Blanc
XO Extraordinaire Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
96 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
$180
2017 Best XO Cognac

Selection Olivier Blanc
XO Extraordinaire Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Complex & Rich
Aroma Aroma: rich caramel, teriyaki sauce, roasted nut butter, fruit preserves, and anise
Taste Flavor: salted peanut skins, black tea, warm earthy spices, and menthol
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exceptionally balanced, powerful, and lengthy cognac for whiskey lovers.

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.