Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve Cognac

Highly Recommended 85 /100

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Grande Champagne
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Mikhail L.

Reviews written: 8 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 88

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Light Good Middle X.O. Cognac Appropriate As Aperitif or As Digestive

73 /100
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At the opening - scent of bitter almond, dried fruits, lime and notes of Irish coffee on the back.

No ethanol spirit smell.
Alcohol is integrated into the cognac aroma.

In The Glass:
First 5-7 minutes scent of fermented apples and lime.

Next 10-15 minutes scents of oranges, peaches, candied fruits and fresh figs are opening and added up to the cognac aroma's bouquet. Some vanilla and floral notes are on the backscene.

The cognac aroma is light and more inherent for young VSOP cognacs, rather than for X.O. cognacs.

First sip - light aromatic fermented apples and floral notes.

Next Sips, Roll Over and Swallow - ripened aromatic peaches with light spices and fresh apple notes. Warming spices when swallowed.

Palate is very mellow and light, aromatic and relaxing.

Aftertaste is somewhat middle 7-10 minutes with peaches, fermented apples, light spices and raisins notes.

The cognac is good X.O. middleman with light aromatic cognac taste more inherent to VSOP, but with no color additives or taste improvers. Good neutral cognac, appropriate as an aperitif or a digestive.


  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Candied Fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Floral
  • Fresh Fig
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Spices
  • Vanilla


Wood 1/10

Spice 3/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 3/10

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.


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: 73/100

  • 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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