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Prulho XO Borderies N. 8
Nose: This one smells heavier, darker, sweeter, yet somehow more refined than the others. I find these contrasting descriptors quite intriguing. How can heavy, dark, and sweet also be more refined? Fine spirits can do that I suppose. I smell marzipan, fig jam, dates, sweet citrus candy, and a crystal...
Prulho XO Fregate
Nose: Dipping my nose into the glass I’m greeted by a Cognac that smells reasonaly rich. I smell creamy milk chocolate, caramel, hazelnut spread (finer quality than Nutella of course), and buttery pastries. As mentioned above, the aroma notes are rich but very mellow and easy-going. I do also pick...
Prulho Eclat Extra Grande Champagne
Nose: There it is: the fruit. As my nose moves around inside the glass, I smell apricots, and something tropical, like papayas. The fruit is not fresh and clean; there is an earthy quality to it, like dirty fruit. Some vanilla is present too as well as some fragrant old oak. There is medium strength...
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When I received my first shipment, I was quite pleasantly surprised that it included one XO, which was an unheard-of French brand by either myself or my local bottle shop. I liked it so much I tried to see whether the bottle shop could stock it. The answer was no, their distributors didn't have...
Mauxion Bons Bois Multimillesimes 73-75-76
Note: I've since learned that the barrel that houses these three millesimes was a chestnut barrel. This explains the uniqueness of the tasting experience described below. Eye: The Cognac pours a deep, dark copper color, with some bronze reflections and reddish tints. Coating the glass walls with...
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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