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Tesseron Passion XO Cognac

Exceptional 90 /100

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Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Blend
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%

Theodor Margot

Reviews written: 42 (read all reviews)

Average Score given: 72

Bio:

Hello I am Theodor. I am in love with Cognac, started out in 2016 with regular tastings. Then had to do a pause for some time and I am back in 2021.

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Pure passion

Recommended 84 /100
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This is my first reviews after years of absence, also testing Cognac Experts new reviewing system (because they asked me to test it via email). I purchased this XO because it was highlighted as cognac of the month. First time ever tasting Tesseron and I am surprised. I do not quite agree with the floral notes here, I mean.. sure there are some flowerish scentes here and there but I'd still say it's kind of more of a typical rich dark fruit XO with some nice wood balance. I sense plum, some rancio.. port.

In terms of packaging I love the decanter, love the stopper, love the glass bottom. Price wise I'd say it's average. Not cheap not expensive. For sure recommended.

Tags

  • Mushroom
  • Oak
  • Old port
  • Plum
  • Rancio

Flavour

Wood 4/10

Spice 6/10

Fruit 8/10

Flower 3/10

Bottle / Package Design 5/5

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

Value for Money 3/5

Overpriced High Average Bargain Steal

Tasting

Nose

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.

23/25

Mouth

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?

17/20

Taste

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?

19/25

Finish

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?

17/20

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?

8/10

Total: 84/100

  • 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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