Vallein Tercinier Lot 40 Hommage Bons Bois Cognac

Exceptional 91 /100

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Yonghan K.

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Average Score given: 86

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Fragrance: The refreshing smell of acetone and overwhelming green grapes is impressive. In some cognacs, the feeling of saucy Lancio is quite weak. It definitely has the red berry flavor that you can feel in sherry whiskey. You can imagine that delicious fresh fruits that seem fresh in the fall and fragrant flowers that just start to bloom in spring will be gathered together and crushed with a mortar to create a scent like this. It is a feast of overwhelming fragrance that has never been felt before. Am I lying in a flower field?

Taste: At first taste, a really sweet flavor fills every corner of your mouth, followed by a slight bitterness and refreshing flavor of green grapes in the second. Similarly, the most recently felt sensation is similar to the refreshing feeling of drinking demi-soda apple flavor. Afterwards, a slight earthy taste and licking the oak barrel give off a strong, raw woody taste. And it starts to taste sweet again. There is no strong stimulation even if you swirl in your mouth for more than 10 seconds in spite of the 49.7% power.

Swallowing and aftertaste: It passes smoothly through the throat without irritation as much as Blended. The lingering sound does not show much of the strong woody and astringent taste of oak barrels compared to the number of years it has been aged. It is very similar to the feeling that comes out of the tongue when the peeled green grape flesh is chewed and swallowed. The sweetness and freshness churn vigorously in the mouth and throughout the nasal passages for a full minute, then subtly linger for a long time.

Overall Review: The scent, taste, and lingering aftertaste of the brandy called 'fruit distilled alcohol'. Before experiencing this, I thought that the overwhelming number of years of aging would be false or exaggerated, but now I think I can pay 'respect' in front of this. It was such an amazing experience.


  • Apple
  • Coffee
  • Floral
  • Gingerbread
  • Mushroom
  • Oak
  • Old port
  • Vanilla


Wood 8/10

Spice 9/10

Fruit 6/10

Flower 6/10

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: 91/100

  • 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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