Larsen VS Very Special Viking Cognac

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Eye: Antique gold.

Nose: Orchard fruits and grapevines. Fragrant with orange blossom and light herbal aromas.

Palate: Full-bodied flavours of ripe grapes, pear and vanilla. Exceptionally light, with a finish of citrus and dried apricot.


  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2016 - Silver
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2016 - Silver - Outstanding
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2017 - Silver - 80 - 85,9

Growth area & soil: Blend

Bois Ordinaires
Bons Bois
Fins Bois
Petite Champagne
Grande Champagne


The Explorer’s Cognac: Larsen VS

Larsen VS Viking Cognac is the youngest expression in the Larsen range. It comprises a blend of different eaux-de-vie aged for a minimum of two years, all from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne growing areas. Distilled without the lees, Larsen VS expresses a light flavour with fresh grape and herbal notes. It's no wonder that this was rated the best VS Cognac in the world at the World Drinks Awards 2016.

Larsen’s barrels are all crafted from fine-grained sessile oak (Quercus Petraea) sourced from the Tronçais forest in central France. The ancient trees here are relatively low in tannins, which combined with a very light toasting at Larsen’s cooperage brings out the sweet flavour of the casks without overpowering the natural aromas of the wine. After aging, the eaux-de-vie are carefully blended by Master Blender Robert Andrieux to combine all the right notes of fresh fruit, purity and elegance; the famous Larsen style. 

The history of Larsen Cognac began with a young Norwegian skipper from Tromsø, Jens Reidar Larsen, who left home at the age of 24 in search of a new life in the Americas. While his boat made a stopover in Bordeaux for essential repairs, Jens Reidar decided to make some money and sought out work in a nearby town. It was here that he found his new life - falling in love with a local girl as well as the local spirit - and he never got back on that boat. After working several years for the Cognac house Prunier, Jens Reidar eventually founded Larsen Cognac in 1926. 

Presentation of the bottle

This edition of Larsen VS Cognac is presented in a tall bottle with a rounded base and the distinctive Larsen Viking ship motif on the medallion and label. 

How to best enjoy Larsen VS Cognac

While this is a great Cognac to enjoy on its own or with ice, it’s also perfect for a long drink with lemonade. Simply pour 50ml of Larsen VS over ice in a tall glass, top with lemonade and garnish with a few white grapes.

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About Larsen Cognac

Known as ‘The Cognac of Vikings,’ Larsen Cognac has striven to produce and offer products of high quality at selected points of sale throughout the world.

A family run concern, the story of Cognac Larsen dates back to 1926 when Jens Reidar Larsen made the move from his home country of Norway to France. Seduced by the quality of the brandy that came from the town of Cognac, he devoted much time and effort to become a connoisseur in the subject, and naturally progressed to owning and running his own Cognac house.

Today, Larsen Cognacs are as well known for their luxury packaging as the quality of their eaux-de-vie, with Limoges Porcelain and Baccarat Crystal featuring strongly with many of their premium Cognacs.

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