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

Camus Very Special Cognac
91 points
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
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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricots, ripe pear, mangos, raisins, panettone with cinnamon and honey butter, ripe tangerine, and slate with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of hints of ginger, caraway, and caramel apples. A complex VS Cognac that overdelivers for the category; snag this great value for the holidays.
Nyak VS Cognac
88 points
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
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
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
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.
Campagnere VS Cognac
87 points
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, toasted almond, rum raisin ice cream, and cola with a lean, soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a short finish. An easy drinking, pleasurable cognac; sip, shoot, or mix.
87 points $36.99
Gran Gala VS Cognac
86 points
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.