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Excellent For The Price.
Luckily my nearest Tesco supermarket is in walking distance. This has been a go to cognac for me for many years. For the price you cannot go wrong I feel. It has all the hallmarks of great XO's. It has depth, structure, smooth, warm with a long finish. The nose does not overpower and gives a mix of...
A fine example
A beautiful amber in the glass, an absolutely honest jewel like color. The nose is floral, the way nectar must smell to bees, perfume before being distilled into an essence. Sweet, but floral-sweet, not fruit, very pleasant with just a hint of the 42% abs. The mild finish is not particularly lengthy. An...
Fit for royalty
Color: honey On the nose: Very lively. The ethanol bite here is stronger but I don't mind it. I’m reminded of the bite that I get from purely Jamaica aged Hampden rum. I also get gingerbread but the ginger aromas are stronger. There’s also an assortment of dried fruits that remind me of Christmas...
Tasty trip to the Park
Color: 1st steep Pu-er tea (Because of the age, I let this breathe in the glass for 30 minutes before taking notes.) On the nose: Immediately light and long aromas of gingerbread and Christmas cake. There’s a little pepperiness and ethanol sensation as well. After are even lighter aromas of...
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Cognac Expert: A short history
Coming from an agricultural background, our grandfather having farmed and owned a vineyard, we've always been dedicated to the Cognac region, the people and naturally, to the drink we all know as Cognac. We have great admiration not only for the bigger houses such as Courvoisier, Camus and Hine, but also the smaller, family Cognac producers.
One day we were driving through the vineyards close to Blanzac, in the Fins Bois region, when we discovered a small producer we'd never seen or heard of before: This led us to think that there are so many brands out there that people don't know about. Neighbours, producers and friends have since introduced us to the wide field of different brandies and the whole Cognac experience. For example, one evening at a dinner in the neighbourhood our host presented a seemingly simple VSOP. And it also came with an anecdote about a winegrower who wanted to convince the cellar master of Hennessy that he could produce a great blend, so he created that particular VSOP solely with that in mind. It was a fantastic blend... but one couldn't buy it. It was situations such as this that led us to the idea to start a blog about the most famous of all brandies, Cognac. In the beginning we just started with a small blog, with a short piece reporting about the latest VS Cognac our father had brought home.
Today it's a much more than a blog; it's a website with a list of all cognac brands and producers, bottles and products, as well as a place that users on a global scale can exchange and talk about their experiences like a dedicated Cognac platform for China.
These days we regularly visit estates from André Petit and Bache-Gabrielsen to Rémy Martin and Martell, have the privilege to taste rare Vintage or XO Cognacs; and we can exchange with enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. It's fantastic.
We created this website to share the unbelievable diversity of brandy brands and producers with an international readership, and we must say - it works!
Sophie and Max