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30 Year XO Royal Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$285

Courvoisier
30 Year XO Royal Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Medium brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon bun, dark honey roasted cashews, dried red fruits, and potpourri with a round, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish displaying shades of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, cherries, dates, and dried figs, pralines and kola nut, and candied dried mushrooms. A contemplative sipper with a rich, leather bound library kind of vibe.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cinnamon bun, dark honey roasted cashews, dried red fruits, and potpourri
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, cherries, dates, and dried figs, pralines and kola nut, and candied dried mushrooms
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat and with cigars
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A contemplative sipper with a rich, leather bound library kind of vibe.

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XO Cognac

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X.O. (or extra old) Cognacs previously required a 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.

As of 2016, according to the official Cognac regulatory agency, BNIC, the minimum component age requirement for X.O. Cognac must be 10 years from 2016 onwards. In practice many Cognac houses and brands had been at or above the 10 year requirement for their X.O. expressions, but this is now the legal requirement.