Full Review

Merlet

Merlet
Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac

Category: VSOP Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$60

Merlet
Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac

Category: VSOP Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Amber color. Aromas of fresh baked bread, raisin pudding, dried apricot, and hints of tobacco with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy cola, nuts skins, and peppercorns finish. A tingling VSOP Cognac that will work well in mixed drinks and casual cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy
Aroma Aroma: fresh baked bread, raisin pudding, dried apricot, and hints of tobacco
Taste Flavor: cola, nuts skins, and peppercorns
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Sidecar, Brandy Crusta, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tingling VSOP Cognac that will work well in mixed drinks and casual cocktails.

The Producer

Distillerie Merlet & Fils

The Producer
40, Rue de Chevessac
St. Sauvant, 17610
France
33 -546 91 50 36

Their Portfolio

93 Amérisse Liqueur Amére au Cassis 22% (France) $30.00.
92 Coperies French Single Malt Whisky 40% (France) $70.00.
94 Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur 18% (France) $13.95.
93 Merlet Crème de Mure Liqueur 18% (France) $13.95.
93 Merlet Crème de Framboise Liqueur 18% (France) $23.95.
90 Merlet C2 Café Liqueur 33% (France) $31.95.
88 Merlet VSOP Cognac 40% (France) $42.95.
98 Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur 20% (France) $23.00.
93 Merlet Creme De Peche de Vigne Fruit Liqueur 18% (France) $23.00.
BR Merlet Trois Citrus Fruit Liqueur 40% (France) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Merlet Lune D’Abricot Flavored Brandy Liqueur 25% (France) $29.00.
94 Merlet Crème De Fraise Strawberry Liqueur 18% (France) $35.00.
96 Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur 18% (France) $35.00.
95 Merlet Soeurs Cerises Cherry Liqueur 24% (France) $38.00.
85 Merlet Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac 40% (France) $60.00.
89 Merlet VS Cognac 40% (France) $50.00.
89 Merlet XO Cognac 40% (France) $100.00.

VSOP Cognac

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Serve in a Snifter
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.