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A Limited Edition Courvoisier VSOP aged for 12 years
The Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif is an updated Cognac with a modern twist. It is the Limited Edition of the Courvoisier VSOP that is also recognized as an award winner across the Cognac circuit. This blend is very much in keeping with the Courvoisier mantra, who are constantly looking to bring their legendary brand further into the future. For that reason, it is particularly popular with mixologists who have been using it as a default for long drinks. As a Very Superior Old Pale Cognac, it has been aged for around 12 years. Matured over a longer period than the standard VS, it has been designed by its Cognac master, Patrice Pinet, to blend well with cocktails. The blend itself consists of eaux-de-vie from four of the finest terroirs in the region, including one from the especial Borderies region, and both the Grande and Petite Champagne terroirs. Both of the latter are considered to possess some of the finest in the region. It can only be described as a smooth operator.
Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif Awards
This smooth Cognac has been hugely successful on the awards front; having cinched a number of them.
- 2010 Gold at The Beverage Tasting Institute Competition
- 2010 Gold Medal at the International Review of Spirits
- 2009 Best Cognac & Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards
How to serve Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif
This Cognac is extremely versatile; it has been designed to go well with a variety of cocktails due to its rich flavor. Patrice Pinet, the Master Blender says that its balanced nature means that it can be enjoyed both neat, appreciated mixed with ice and water and also with long drinks. It is no stranger to a mixologist’s cabinet. The bottle it has certainly turned heads in terms of its vibrant red packaging; in a long tall bottle in keeping with its contemporary outreach.
Read more about the Courvoisier Exclusif VSOP on our blog. There are some tips from an official blender within the Cognac house on how to create his favourite Exclusif cocktail.
The Courvoisier Story
The Courvoisier Maison is one of the biggest players in the world of Cognac; having ventured from France as the Cognac of the Napoleonic wars, to later caught the attention of its loyalists in the US hip hop genre, it is a Cognac chameleon that is loved the world over. Discover more about the history of Courvoisier right here.
compared to Courvoisier VSOP the Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif is both more subtle in intensity and taste but much more in mouth feel, on the tongue and aftertaste. The colour is on the pale amber side vs the much darker VSOP. It has all the taste characteristics of VSOP but the aftertaste lingers longer but much softer. If you don't pay attention to the smell, taste and aftertaste you'll miss it. But when you concentrate and search for it this is a great find! This is a great value if XO or Intiale Extra are too $.
Blind tasted: totally fine VSOP
I tasted this VSOP together with 7 other VSOPs and shared position #1 with with Hardy Organic VSOP.
I pretty much like the nose because it'S rather dry - the finish has a slight punch, but it sort of works within the balance of the blend.
About Courvoisier Cognac
Courvoisier is amongst the four leading Cognac houses in the world - also known as the 'Big Four'. Legend has it that the emperor Napoléon himself chose Courvoisier as his preferred Cognac, therefore Courvoisier brandy is often referred to as “The Cognac of Napoleon”. The company dates back to 1828 and since has its headquarters in the town of Jarnac. With prestigious bottles such as Courvoisier Napoléon or Josephine, the Cognac house is at the top of the luxury spirits market. The Courvoisier VS, VSOP, and Rose Liqueur are also very popular. The drink is strongly ingrained in US Hip Hop culture with Busta Rhymes and P Diddy dedicating the song “Pass the Courvoisier” to the traditional brand.
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