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24 Cognacs: Analyzed, Recorded & Rated
Feb 13, 2021

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24 Cognacs: Analyzed, Recorded & Rated
Our annual Cognac Calendar was, once again, a huge success. But this year we were delighted to discover that a member of our Cognac community had taken the tasting process above and beyond what we...
Seen The Crown? Now Enjoy the Cognacs
Dec 28, 2020

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Seen The Crown? Now Enjoy the Cognacs
The Crown is undoubtedly one of Netflix’s most successful series to date. With season 4 having been released we get to re-live many British Royal Family events that, for many of us, are within the...
Cognac Cocktails: A definitive Guide
Nov 30, 2020

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Cognac Cocktails: A definitive Guide
There’s nothing more current than a cocktail sporting a tasty shot of Cognac. Not only is it the trendiest of ways in which to imbibe our fav drink, but the mixing possibilities are endless. While...
The Story of Gold Inspired Cognacs
Nov 13, 2020

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The Story of Gold Inspired Cognacs
As a long-standing emblem of culture and luxury, it is only natural that Cognac producers are inspired by gold and choose to incorporate it into their products – which like gold, also glimmer with...

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International Women’s Day: The Changing Face of Cognac
Mar 08, 2020

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International Women’s Day: The Changing Face of Cognac
The Cognac industry certainly isn’t the only sector that’s dragged its heels when it comes to equality and diversity. However, the profession is—thanks to the tenacity of some amazing and talented...
The Cognac Advent Calendar 2019: The Perfect Run-Up To Christmas
Oct 10, 2019

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The Cognac Advent Calendar 2019: The Perfect Run-Up To Christmas
[Updated 10 October 2019] If you had to pick two of your favorite things in the world (hint, hint, think the joy of the Holiday Season and Cognac), can you think of any better way of combining them...
The Making Of: Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Limited Edition Cognac
Nov 23, 2018

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The Making Of: Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Limited Edition Cognac
Well, the secret’s out: The first bottles of Cognac Expert’s Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Limited Edition Cognac have already made their way across the globe to their new owners. If you’ve not yet...
Launch Day: Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Limited Edition Cognac
Oct 30, 2018

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Launch Day: Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Limited Edition Cognac
We’re truly excited to announce the launch of Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 Cognac, an EXTRA quality Cognac from an extra special producer. Sélection N° 2 was specially selected by Sophie and Max and...

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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 CourvoisierCamus 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

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