About XO Cognac

About XO Cognac
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.

Top Picks for XO Cognac

Ferrand Selection des Anges XO Cognac
94 points
Brilliant amber color. Inviting, tropical aromas of roasted cashew, baked apple, ripe tropical fruits, milk tea, toffee, and tapioca with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long honey-roasted macadamia, strawberry jam on toast, minerals, flint smoke, black tea, and honeysuckle finish. A memorable Cognac that truly stands out in its class; an exotic, traveling finish full of tropical fruits, nuts and mouthwatering minerality.
Awards: 2020 Best Cognac
Courvoisier XO Cognac
93 points
Copper color. Aromas of burnt sugar, peppercorns, heirloom apples, ginger, molasses, and lemon balm with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long dark chocolate, cappuccino, and gingerbread finish. A bright and concentrated XO with a roasty finish and elegant style.
Camus XO Cognac
93 points
Copper color. Aromas of parsley, cilantro, bamboo, cedar, juniper, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long peach tart, apple blossom honey, poached pear, passionfruit, and jamon iberico finish. An herbal, spicy XO cognac with a distinctive personality.
Croizet X.O. Gold Cognac
93 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, passionfruit, toasted croissant, sesame oil, and cured meats with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long espresso beans, red bean bao, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, caraway, and dried peach finish. A spicy, chewy XO cognac that will be a delightful nightcap offering for your guests.
93 points $137.99
Camus Borderies XO Family Reserve Cognac
93 points
Bright bronze color. Aromas of tobacco, caramel sauce with candied lemon peel, apple strudel, and wax with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-length mixed berry jam, spiced orange oil, dry roasted peanuts, pressed flowers, and leather patina finish. A dry XO that brings a citrusy vibe for mellow sipping.
93 points $169.99
Bisquit & Dubouché XO Cognac
92 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted spice cake, buttercream, marzipan, apple custard, and spiced carob with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, endless finish with accents of graphite, mocha latte, spiced pistachio in dark chocolate, ginger-peach tea, and cured meats. Exceptional length gives an indulger pause; sip slowly and contemplatively.
Branson Cognac XO Premier Cru Cognac
91 points
Amber color. Aromas of heirloom apple, buttered brioche, candied cherry, finest baking spices, dried apricot, horehound, and dried pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long cappuccino, toasted almonds, hazelnuts swimming in dark chocolate ganache, and smoked meats finish. An endlessly satisfying palate keeps you coming back in this excellent XO Cognac.
D’USSÉ XO Cognac
90 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas of cola, coconut cream, ripe oranges, roasted nuts, and hits of sherry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long sticky toffee pudding with figs, dulce de leche, turmeric, fruit and nut press, and chocolate-covered espresso bean finish. A creamy, spicy, decadent Cognac with a spectrum of flavors to uncover.
Merlet XO Cognac
89 points
Amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of damson plum, smoked pecans, shortbread, roasted pineapple, and fine black tea with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of chocolate covered peanut crisp and toasted coconut. A rock solid XO Cognac for decadent stirred cocktails.