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Martell VSOP Aged in Red Barrels Cognac

Recommended 81 /100

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Peter A.

Reviews written: 10 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 87

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As stated and I also self proclaim to be, a Connoisseur of Cognac.

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A lasting Impression for all those who indulge Cognac !

Exceptional 92 /100

One of my personal favorites, in overall value and enjoyment, this is the brand, and bottle I turn to. the terroirs of this divine elixir are not always common with other houses, the flavor and process, for this house, is distinct in it's own, as for it being the oldest of all large Chateau houses, all of those who enjoy cognac, will know that this experience is unique! Packaging and bottling are elegant, deep hued, and an eye opener and head turner, a conversation starter! Appearance is something that this brand stands out for, they have it on point.
Bottle shares it's VS shape, however age is defined and is between 5-8 years in this blend, compared to the much younger and brighter Vs, This VSOP is deep colored and is true to its oak selection as well as its carefully selected ingredients!
First impressions after a good look at the bottle and the box, all within the purchase experience, impress by the looks, now its really time to cut to the chase and open the bottle of mid aged decadence! Nose are as follows by your local online Connoisseur! Amber and copper colored hues, the troncais barrel delivers a uniqueness, as well as from the Borderie terroir, rich supple spice from the oak, vanilla, caramel are mashed into a beautiful complex theme of aging and it emits the fragrance well with hints of candied fruit, orange blossom, plum, apricot, pear, combined into a wonder in which Martell keep famous for. The Palate is exemplary, rich and smooth with a woody spicy undertone, while you savor the caramelized marmalade of rich and smooth delicious fruits that have been carefully added and managed over the aging process, the fruit flavors are joined and united by the rich and spicy sweetness of the caramel and natural vanilla like and spicy oak flavor, it lingers for a good while, the finish is memorable and it pairs well with a sweet medium chocolate or a dark chocolate, so please be sure to let it sit for a few minutes I'd say 3 mins and you are ready to truly enjoy this Cognac and a world renowned VSOP! This will make an exquisite side car! try with a spicy coffee! and I will tell you it will go good with a drop of water or served with Ice! The Cognac that is versatile, venerable, and a force to be reckoned with, it's age makes it a great contender and the flavor and experience to me is truly, world Class. Martell, and this VSOP, truly a favorite of mine! Do no hesitate to purchase, if you do indeed see one and it is for a fair price!


  • Apricot
  • Candied Fruit
  • Caramel
  • Floral
  • Oak
  • Orange Blossom
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Spices
  • Vanilla
  • Wood


Wood 7/10

Spice 8/10

Fruit 9/10

Flower 7/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

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: 92/100

  • 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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