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Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$200

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Medium golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla and mocha cream, figs, dates, and raisins, cinnamon nutmeg roasted pecans and walnuts, and Mister Pibb with a round, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with elements of stroopwaffel, honeycomb, lavender candies and dates, and roasted nuts and rancio. A benchmark XO Cognac; has a little of everything you expect from a top tier XO.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: vanilla and mocha cream, figs, dates, and raisins, cinnamon nutmeg roasted pecans and walnuts, and Mister Pibb
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of stroopwaffel, honeycomb, lavender candies and dates, and roasted nuts and rancio
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Finish Finish: Very Long
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A benchmark XO Cognac; has a little of everything you expect from a top tier XO.

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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.