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Braastad XO Fine Champagne Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Mikhail L.

Reviews written: 15 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 84

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Great Apple Fresh X.O. Cognac or The Morning Sun In Your Wineglass.

Exceptional 94 /100
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Braastad X.O. has an initial honey smell right after opening the bottle. Fruit bouquet mix of apple and cherry aromas.
No smell of alcohol or ethanol spirit at all. Which is a good sign of the quality X.O. cognac.
Stable aroma of fresh apples after letting sit it in the cognac glass for a few minutes. Slightest scent touches of pears and licorice on the backstage of fresh apple aroma.
In fine, the aroma can be described as the morning sun in the wineglass.
The first taste is sweet and aromatic. The palate is smooth, round and well-balanced. Like consuming smoked oak wood and fresh apples together. Smoked oak wood taste brings a little of bitterness and the freshness is brought by fresh apple taste, thence the palate is well-balanced. On the backscene of the palate it has some slight fruit candied notes.
The cognac itself tastes as 12-14 year old. Very light on taste then drinking, no alcohol or ethanol prevents it from roll over in mouth and swallowing.
The aftertaste is light and short with apple freshness and fruit candied notes.


  • Apple
  • Candied Fruit
  • Honey
  • Oak


Wood 5/10

Spice 2/10

Fruit 10/10

Flower 2/10

Bottle / Package Design 5/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

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.


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


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?


1st impression
Alcohol level


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?


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


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?


Power / “Smooth”

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: 94/100

  • 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 Good Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Good Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Good Excellent Memorable
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