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Courvoisier
VSOP Cognac

Category: VSOP Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$42

Courvoisier
VSOP Cognac

Category: VSOP Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Dark golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, vanilla cream, and coffee cake with a round, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish evoking nuances of vanilla cream caramels, pound cake, tea leaves, and dried flowers. Rich and smooth and tasting older than a VSOP based on the weight on the palate and a well integrated flavor profile from the major Cognac regions.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: toffee, vanilla cream, and coffee cake
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of vanilla cream caramels, pound cake, tea leaves, and dried flowers
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Cocktail Cocktails: Sidecar, Brandy Crusta, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rich and smooth and tasting older than a VSOP based on the weight on the palate and a well integrated flavor profile from the major Cognac regions.

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VSOP Cognac

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V.S.O.P. (very superior old pale or very special old pale) Cognac has been aged a minimum of four years, although many examples are aged as long as ten to fifteen years or even longer. It is aged longer than a VS (very special), but less than an X.O.

Produced by both large and small Cognac houses, VSOP has remarkable complexity, especially with the long period of aging, which rounds out the Cognac, while adding a distinct spiciness and vanilla character. These are priced from $30 to $55 per bottle and need to be sipped slowly after dinner on their own or with a cigar. Given the marketing prowess of the large firms as well as their breeding and prestige, VSOP Cognac have been and continue to be one of the most popular spirits in America and around the world.