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Navarra XO Cravache d'Or Cognac

76 /100

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Leeftijdscategorie
XO
Groeigebied
Grande Champagne
Flesgrootte
700ml
Alcoholpercentage
45%
Grape Varieties
Ugni Blanc

Jesse C.

Reviews written: 17 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 76

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Bio:

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Jesse Cyr is an award winning bartender. His credentials include being the General Manager of internationally acclaimed bar Rob Roy as well as Head Mixologist at The Charter Hotel by Hilton. Currently, Jesse is the Beverage Manager for the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. He has had the opportunity to work for several global brands creating various menus and cocktails with their spirits. He is also active in the competition scene being a former national finalist in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, the National Sherry Wine Cocktail Competition, and the Bols Around the World global competition.

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Absolutely Worth the Price

77 /100
Geverifieerde aankoop

Navarre lives up to the hype, in my opinion. It's always great to find a producer that isn't using any additives, but letting the cognac also naturally reduce in proof is an amazing ability. The Cravache d'Or is certainly the entry level bottle from Navarre, but that doesn't mean it's one dimensional or lacking. There's a very even balance of spice and fruit, backed up by lightly toasted wood and gentle white flowers. There's some great honey sweetness which compliments burnt orange and stone fruits. I didn't get a lot of rancio, more like a brief encounter.

This cognac is absolutely worth the price. I got it here on sale for $82. Even for it's usual price of $110, I'd buy this one again. It's a cognac that knows exactly what it is. There's a sharp attack on your palate in the way that the flavors are pointed and precise, very direct. It finishes with a fairly long barrel spice flavor along with some wonderful floral notes. You would think with the extra 5% ABV, it would have a good amount of extra punch. I didn't really notice it too much, but rather I think it helped focus all the flavors into a sharper flavor profile. I can't wait to try the rest of the lineup soon!!

Tags

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Candied Fruit
  • Cedar
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coffee
  • Hazelnut
  • Honey
  • Jasmin
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak
  • Orange Zest
  • Raisin
  • Rancio

Smaak

Hout 5/10

Kruiden 6/10

Fruit 8/10

Bloem 4/10

Design fles / verpakking 4/5

Waar is de liefde? Gewoon Mooi Super Een lust voor het oog!

Waar voor uw geld 5/5

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De proeverij

Neus

Welke aroma's ruikt u bij het ruiken van de Cognac? Zijn er tonen van fruit of bloemen - wellicht is hij zoet? Is hij intens of eerder zwak - en het belangrijkste, past de neus bij de smaak en de afdronk? De neus is het belangrijkste onderdeel bij het proeven van Cognac.

21/25

True to category
Array of smells
Intensity of smells
Balance of smells
Presence of ethanol

Mond

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?

16/20

1st impression
Body
Texture
Alcohol level

Smaak

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?

21/25

True to category
Complexity of tastes
Distinctiveness of tastes
Intensity of tastes
Balance of tastes

Afdronk

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?

11/20

Flavours
Length
Power / “Smooth”
Balance

Algehele indruk

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?

8/10

Totaal: 77/100

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