Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac
Growth area & soil: Blend
A Extra Dark and Intense Cognac from Camus
Using a selection of the finest barrels from their Extra Cognac, the Camus Maison present their latest release - the Extra Dark & Intense Cognac. With oak casks that are emptied of Extra Cognac to be opened and toasted again, the aromatic quality that is emblematic of this Cognac house really comes into existence. At the turn of the century in 2000, Camus released Extra Elegance; a Cognac that at the time was highly innovative in its assemblage of Fine Champagne and Borderies eaux-de-vie. It told the history of the Cognac house, and this particular blend won many awards. Fifteen years later, and they have released what they describe as the “darker side” of the Cognac - the Extra Dark and Intense.
More aromatic and intense than its predecessor, Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac has managed to retain its elegance and purity. The genesis of this idea was thought of by Cyril Camus, who then asked Patrick Leger, the Cellar Master, to use his expertise to select the finest of barrels to undergo the re-toasting process. The creation of such a cognac is thanks to the skill and ability of the Cellar Master. After selecting the eaux-de-vies to be included, the barrels are opened and the contents removed. The barrels are then exposed to an open flame for just the right amount of time (as determined by the Cellar Master). This process regenerates their full aromatic potential. The cognac is then returned to the barrel to continue to age. This is then tested on a daily basis to ensure that the process is stopped at just the right time when it's arrived at the perfect, and unique, character. The resulting Cognac is spicy, fruity and rich. It is a unique take on the Extra Cognac with a double maturation process in which the eaux-de-vie fuse together.
The process of distillation at Camus Cognac House
Camus Cognac have passed down family knowledge for over five generations, using light tannins to give the Extra Dark and Intense a roundness that will maintain all of the aromas within. The damp cellars give the Cognac a mellow quality, and their ability to perfectly fuse eaux-de-vie from different crus, such as those from Borderies, Petite Champagne and the Grande Champagne, make them a fine producer indeed.
How to enjoy the Camus Dark and Intense
The design for the Camus Dark and Intense Cognac is perfectly in keeping with its philosophy. It has a golden screw cap with what seems to be flames around the edges to represent the “rebirth” of the Cognac, and a emblematic gloss black decanter. It arrives in a chic gift box to enhance the bottle, and also to make for a great gift for any Cognac aficionado. The bottle is 70cl, and this Cognac is best served neat.
Dark and Intense
This is a very dark cognac sold in a dark bottle. It is quite costly, so you expect something special. You don't get that. It looks dark, it is dark on the nose with tones of coffee and leather and other dark elements. No fruits or flowers to be found. In mouth it is a bit disappointing. I would...
Don’t spend the extra money on the Camus dark. Me and my friends did a taste on the dark and the extra and they are the exact same cognac. They just put it in a fancy bottle and box(very nice by the way) just get the Camus extra and save the money. This is a very good cognac. If you like this...
About Camus Cognac
Since 1863, five generations of the Camus family have cultivated a single-minded passion for crafting great Cognac with their own style. Laid across 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru - the Borderies - the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the people who live on it that helps them craft superb Cognacs. Today, it is Cyril Camus who is the bearer of all family tradition and oversees the undisputed quality of Camus Cognac. Export development and product development remain at the top, with a passion for innovation. Cyril Camus has entirely modernized the Cognac house’s interiors, relying on a fresh new take on Cognac for the new century. Instead of leather, wood and velvet in shades of brown, he opts for light colors and a combination of tradition and modern design.
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