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Rémy Martin

Rémy Martin
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$187

Rémy Martin
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of fig and dried apricot, chocolate covered ripe red cherries, vanilla, caramel, candied ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper, and chair leather with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate covered cherries, pecan, rancio, and old library, and fig and blueberry pie. A snifter of this is something that would make any lover of fine spirits happy, and makes you feel like you raided Sir Winston Churchill’s liquor cabinet.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: fig and dried apricot, chocolate covered ripe red cherries, vanilla, caramel, candied ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper, and chair leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of chocolate covered cherries, pecan, rancio, and old library, and fig and blueberry pie
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Finish Finish: Long
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A snifter of this is something that would make any lover of fine spirits happy, and makes you feel like you raided Sir Winston Churchill's liquor cabinet.

The Producer or Importer

Rémy Cointreau USA Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
1290 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10104
USA
1 212-399-4200

Their Portfolio

92 Mount Gay Eclipse Heritage Blend Rum 40% (Barbados) $22.00.
92 Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum 43% (Barbados) $45.00.
94 Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Rum 43% (Barbados) $65.00.
94 Rémy Martin XO Cognac 40% (France) $187.00.
93 Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac 40% (France) $47.00.
95 Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal VSOP Cognac 40% (France) $57.00.
94 Rémy Martin Tercet VSOP Cognac 42% (France) $118.00.
90 The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 46% (Scotland) $40.00.

XO Cognac

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Serve in a Snifter
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.