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Tasting Set Aromas

The Aromas of Cognac

$ 99
excl. TAX excl. shipping

About the tasting set

Dive into the heart of Cognac’s aromatic complexity with our carefully curated Aroma Wheel Tasting Set, a sensory journey designed to celebrate the nuanced aroma profiles that define Cognac. Each set comprises five distinct 10cl miniatures, each wax-sealed in elegant glass bottles, representing a unique aroma category from the Cognac Aroma Wheel: flower, fruit, spice, oak, and rancio. We aim to showcase how the aging process in barrels unfolds, enhancing and evolving the spirit’s aromatic palette. This set invites connoisseurs and novices alike to explore and appreciate the depth of flavors and scents that Cognac can offer, focusing primarily on the aromas - and flavors - and not on any cru specific focus.

Our choice to spotlight different aroma categories within the set is rooted in the desire to illuminate the intricate stages of aromatic development that Cognac undergoes over time, in oak barrel. From the delicate floral notes in the spirit’s youth, through the vibrant fruit essences that arrive with just a short amount of aging, to the deep, resonant tones of spice, oak, and rancio that tell tales of years spent in quiet contemplation within oak barrels, each selection has been chosen for its exemplary representation of its respective aroma category.

As a thank you for your exploration, we also enclose a 10% voucher for your next Cognac adventure with us, whether to revisit a newfound favorite or to discover other hidden gems within our collection. Embark on this aromatic exploration with us, and let the distinct personalities of these carefully selected Cognacs unfold, offering a window into Cognac aromatic personality, and importantly, how it evolves over time.

About the tasting set

Bottle Size: 5 x 10 cl

ABV: 40% - 42%

Including: 10% voucher for future purchases

Availability: limited

Cognacs included: 

  1. Claude Thorin 2005 Folle Blanche
  2. Prunier XO
  3. Bertrand XO
  4. Raymond Bossis XO
  5. Vallein Tercinier Hors d'Age

Please note: This is a pre-sale. Sets will likely be shipped end of February.

Claude Thorin 2005 Folle Blanche

Claude Thorin 2005 Folle Blanche

Age: Vintage 2005 

ABV: 40%

Eye: A brilliant golden hue that sparkles in the glass.

Nose: The Folle Blanche grape shines through with an intense floral bouquet, offering notes of white flowers, violets, honeysuckle, and a subtle hint of vanilla.

Palate: A symphony of flavors that include ripe fruits and a gentle touch of oak. Long and harmonious finish, leaving a lingering memory of its floral elegance.

Reason for choosing

This may be cheating a little as Folle Blanche is an inherently floral grape variety when bottled in its pure form. But, the theme of this set is the Aroma Wheel so we are embracing each aroma category. And this is indeed one floral Cognac.

Prunier XO

Prunier XO

Age: XO Cognac

ABV: 47.4%

Eye: Glimmering antique gold.

Nose: Bright and intense nose with tobacco, leather, nuts and dried fruits, all finished off with a hint of liquorice wood. Very deep and well balanced.

Palate: Initially soft with some fine tannins, developing into sumptuous toffee, cocoa, chocolate, butter and rancio. The finish is excellent, balancing out the sweeter notes and leaving a very clean mouth.

Reason for choosing

One of our benchmark XO Cognacs for balance, drinkability, and most importantly for this tasting set: fruit!

Bertrand XO

Bertrand XO

Age: XO Cognac

ABV: 40%

Eye: Beautiful glowing mahogany tones

Nose: Cedar wood, dried fruit, and vanilla, with a subtle hint of warm spices.

Palate: Notes of candied fruit, walnut, and cocoa, complemented by a touch of pepper and cloves. Extremely long finish, enriched by the spicy warmth.

Reason for choosing

We’ve never met a Bertrand Cognac we did not like. This Bertrand XO is just loaded with spices. It’s not spicy, as in hot or prickly, but it’s a Cognac that has a lot of spices going on. For that reason, it is a perfect fit.

Raymond Bossis XO

Raymond Bossis XO

Age: XO Cognac - distilled in the 1970s

ABV: 43%

Eye: Garnet red.

Nose: Pressed grapes.

Palate: Elegant, with a silky softness and a wonderful aftertaste. Spice, wood and grilled almonds.

Reason for choosing

This is as old as XOs come, having been distilled in the 70s. Such an amount of time in barrel, and coming from the Fins Bois, has allowed it to pick up all the seductive and intriguing woods notes we’d expect from a Cognac this age. This is under the radar, beautiful wood-forward Cognac.

Vallein Tercinier Hors d'Age

Vallein Tercinier Hors d'Age

Age: Hors d'Age - aged more than 40 years

ABV: 42%

Eye: Delicious deep old gold.

Nose: The initial nose greets you warmly and gives you a sense of the complexity of this Cognac. Tropical fruits such as papaya and pineapple, with a touch of rancio emerge. The second nose brings notes of jasmine, ginger and vanilla.

Palate: Soft and sweet to begin with, flavors of dried peach, sweet caramel and rancio. Following this the tropical notes of the nose appear along with ginger. The finish is soft and full of pleasure.

Reason for choosing

Do you have a hard time defining rancio? We sure do. But one sniff of this Cognac and you’ll immediately have a better understanding of what rancio is. An utter classic!

Explore the Aromas

Cognac Expert Tasting Set #2

Limited Stock

$ 99
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Bottle Size: 5 x 10 cl

ABV: 40% - 42%

Including: 10% voucher for future purchases

Cognacs: Vallein Tercinier Hors d'Age, Prunier XO, Claude Thorin 2005 Folle Blanche, Raymond Bossis XO, Bertrand XO

The mysterious Cognac phenomenon

All about Rancio

The basic premise of rancio or, to be more precise, Rancio Charantais, is a characteristic that gradually develops during the aging process. The word is used to describe certain aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel that only begin to become apparent after eau-de-vie has spent a lengthy period within oak barrels—anywhere from 10-20 years is considered to be the point at which rancio begins to evolve. The longer a Cognac remains in oak barrels, the more intense the rancio becomes.

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