Camus Ile de Ré Fine Island Cognac

69 /100

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John G.

Reviews written: 14 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 78

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Regular contributor to Malt Review. WSET Spirits Level 2 Enthusiastic about all spirits but for vodka. Whisky is my 1st love but I'm currently enjoying my affair with rum, brandy and Mezcal.

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Fine Island Indeed

66 /100

The color of honey

On the nose: A hint of ethanol heat. It’s followed by a medium aroma that reminds me of the Mint Julep cocktail. But mixed with honey, peaches and dried apricots. Light aromas of leather, tannins, rancio and cinnamon sticks follow.

I let this breathe for about 10 more minutes. The aromas of rancio, leather and tannin notes become more front forward. They’re accompanied by ripe plums and cantaloupes.

In the mouth: Immensely fruity like on the nose. The alcohol bite is about the same. I still get notes of dried apricots, honey and peaches. But instead of a Mint Julep, I’m getting more of a Christmas gingerbread cake background taste. With this, imagine a Christmas gingerbread cake with loads of toppings of dried apricots and peaches with honey drizzled on top. There are really subtle tastes of cinnamon syrup, leather and rancio at the end. But the rancio texture is more evident at the end. It’s manifested through a chalky texture of dried shiitake mushrooms.

Conclusion: The flavors don't last long and there's not much complexity. But I can’t say anything negative about this Cognac. But don’t let my griping discourage you. I love this first taste of Cognac from the Ile de Re. I find this to be more full-bodied than the typical 10 or 12 year old single malt found in supermarkets.


  • Cinnamon
  • Dried Apricot
  • Gingerbread
  • Honey
  • Leather
  • Menthol
  • Peach
  • Rancio


Wood 4/10

Spice 5/10

Fruit 5/10

Flower 4/10

Bottle / Package Design 3/5

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

Value for Money 3/5

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: 66/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
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