Prunier XXO Cognac Family Series Number 1

Exceptional 93 /100

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First class

Highly Recommended 89 /100

I had the pleasure of tasting this rare bottle project while travelling. Prunier are a well respected house and this is a testament to their reputation. Truly a piece of art Cognac not a mass produced gimmick. It seems that the idea behind this is just to make great cognac, not to make an age statement.

It's highly alcoholic so the nose is a little strong at first but it opens up very quickly and you must be careful not to forget this is 50%+. It's the type of Cognac that you would inhale through your nose if you could as the nutty and floral aromas are amazing. Its surprisingly delicate given it the alcohol content but unsurprising given the age and blend history.

On the palate, once again the complexity keeps the mouth adventuring the whole time while being coherent and structured at the same time. Its not overpowering in anyway and has lots of differing clean but delicate notes. It opens up more and more so don't hesitate to let the glass sit. The best glasses I had were after it had sat for little bit. Definitely a drink to sit and ponder with. It becomes less nutty and more complex as it sits.

Make no mistake this is a serious Cognac for a serious drinker. Even at it's price point, it is very, very good and worth a try for that special occasion.

Value for Money 5/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 89/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Gut Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Gut Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Gut Excellent Memorable
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