About VS Cognac

About VS Cognac
V.S. (Very Superior, also known as V.S.P or Three Star, very superior pale and ***) Cognacs require a minimum of two years aging in a cask, although the industry average is four to five years. These are generally lighter in style with more young, fruity flavors that make them a good choice for classic Cognac cocktails like a Sidecar, Brandy Alexander, or the original version of the Mint Julep.

Top Picks for VS Cognac

Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac
91 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of cola, chai tea, candied nuts, prune, and dried banana with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced caramel, hazelnut creme, and hints of prosciutto finish. A rich VS Cognac that delivers great intensity for the category; Sazeracs and Vieux Carres await.
Camus Very Special Cognac
91 points
$35
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of ripe heirloom apple, caramel, sticky date pudding, and hint of smoked nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length cherry stone liqueur, orange marmalade, and cinnamon smoke finish. A fruity and cheerful VS cognac that offers a great value.
91 points $35 Best Buy
Clem’s Cowboy Cognac
90 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate covered toffee and pears, kettle roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and raisin studded king cake with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long dulce de leche, buttercream frosting, leather, and tiramisu finish. A rich and decadent VS cognac that truly delivers; classic cocktails will shine with this spirit.
Awards: 2018 Best VS Cognac
90 points $29.99
Courvoisier VS Cognac
89 points
$25
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, toasted brioche, spiced apple, and candied peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying notes of green apple and melon. A bold and full-bodied VS cognac with fruit flavors that pop on the palate.
Merlet VS Cognac
89 points
$50
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of prunes, magnolia, toffee, buttered brioche, and honey with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish conveying accents of roasted nuts with chocolate, hints of arugula, and leather. A solid VS Cognac that will be stupendous in Sidecar cocktails.
Branson Cognac Phantom VS Cognac
88 points
$49
Amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of creme brulee, cinnamon-dusted raisins, pear blossom, kiwi preserves, and toasted hazelnut with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length finish. An easy-drinking, fruit-forward VS Cognac that’s an effortless crowdpleaser.
Nyak VS Cognac
88 points
$34
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-drizzled raisins, crushed toffee, figs, apple tart, and honey on toast with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with nuances of dried tropical fruit, chocolate-mint and ground peppercorns. A solid VS Cognac that’s a snap to cocktail with; rich and fruity.
Laurendeaux Cognac VS
88 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of ripe golden apple, marzipan, caramel-glazed pineapple, eucalyptus, and flaky all-butter pie crust with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length cherry flesh and stone, golden raisins in bread pudding, salted milk chocolate, candied hazelnut, and thyme finish. An attractive, lengthy VS cognac that won’t let you down.
88 points $29.99
Croizet V.S. Cognac
88 points
$49.99
Amber color. Fruity aromas of plump dried figs, dried pineapple and orange peels, toasted artisan baguette, and red apple chutney with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, breezy Dr. Pepper and mulling spices finish. An easy, breezy, figgy little cognac.
88 points $49.99
Seignette VS Cognac
87 points
$35
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, apricot, salted toffee, spice cake, cedar, and popcorn with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed finish with accents of rum raisin ice cream and cinnamon candies. A lifted and bright Cognac that will work well in a variety of thoughtfully crafted cocktails.