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

Courvoisier VS Cognac
92 points
$30
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered candied orange, baked apple tart, apple cider, baking spices, clove, and sandalwood with a tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a warming, medium-long finish manifesting notes of candied orange, cocoa nips, peanut brittle and toffee, and lemon zest. Grilled apple topped with cinnamon, this is lively and delicious, and perfect for fall cocktails.
Branson Cognac Phantom VS Cognac
91 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of meyer lemon and valencia orange, pickled ginger, milk chocolate, and marzipan with a satiny, dryish full body and a stimulating, long finish with nuances of creme brulee with raisins, red vines in a cedar cabinet, cigar box, and green apple. Vibrant and fruity, this will make a lovely addition to a Vieux Carre or a Sidecar.
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
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.
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.
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.
Gran Gala VS Cognac
86 points
$19
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted brioche, orange peel, hints of apricot, spiced pumpkin loaf, and caramel-apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick herbal tea finish. A highly mixable, slightly yeasty Cognac that is a good match to champagne cocktails.