Pasquet Symphonie des Terroirs N°1 Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Cognac age
Growth area
Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois , Bons Bois
Bottle size
Bottled in
Grape Varieties
Ugni Blanc

Serge Valentin

Reviews written: 30 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 88

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With water: a little rounder

Highly Recommended 89 /100

This one's said to be the first ever 'cognac' by the house Pasquet. They mean it is their first blend, and neither a single-estate nor even a single-cru, as there is some Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bons Bois inside. The code might suggest that the youngest component was 31 years old, but do not quote me. Colour: full gold. Nose: you would almost believe they worked with a 'top-nose' from the perfume industry, as what I'm finding first is green oranges, vetiver, ylang-ylang, old roses and indeed orange blossom. It almost feels like you could dab a drop behind your ears, I'm somewhat reminded of 'Eau d'Orange Verte' by Hermès. Both the freshness and the 'unicity of styles' are rather impressive. Naturally, there are also a few raisins, peaches and a little honey. With water: a little rounder, with awesome touches of fir honey and propolis. Perhaps a little argan oil too. Mouth (neat): tenser than expected, with rather a lot of liquorice and quite q few orange zests. Tobacco and oak, a little water should do it a world of good. With water: orange blossom honey coming centre stage. Baklavas and panettone, how does that sound? Some oak under control in the background (black tea). Finish: long, a little more peppery, with cloves, tea and cigars. Oranges closing the door at the end. Comments: the oak would play with your palate a bit, but magnificent oranges have been maintaining control throughout.



very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 4/10

Spice 6/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 1/10

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.



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: 89/100

  • 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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