Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
Braastad XO Fine Champagne, as the name already indicates, is a blend that consists of Petite and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie. At least 50% of the blend must come from Grande Champagne, if the designation "Fine Champagne" is used. The grape variety is Ugni Blanc.
very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet
Great Apple Fresh X.O. Cognac or The Morning Sun In Your Wineglass.
Braastad X.O. has an initial honey smell right after opening the bottle. Fruit bouquet mix of apple and cherry aromas. No smell of alcohol or ethanol spirit at all. Which is a good sign of the quality X.O. cognac. Stable aroma of fresh apples after letting sit it in the cognac glass for a few minutes....
Competent cognac, at a bargain price.
Braastad XO is a competent cognac, at a bargain price. Nose: rich aromas of rancio. Very strong aromas of nuts. The box mentions hazelnut, but I got roasted caramel glazed walnuts. Earthy umami mushroom and truffles. Coffee notes develop with time. I like the nose. Palate: smooth. The rancio...
Elegant Cognac for the price. Deep caramel amber colour. Notes of truffles with hints of leather. To the palate I found a lovely balance of hazelnut and vanilla with a touch of violet permeating throughout. Well developed ranco to finish. I found, personally , the longer the bottle sat the better...
Wood, Spice, and Everything Nice!
For an XO of this quality for under $100 it really can't be beat. Braastad shows that they can pack as strong a punch as the Big 4 at a fraction of the cost. Lots of nice spices and woody notes and a clear rancio is starting to develop. The finish is medium long and definitely makes you want to go...
About Braastad Cognac
In the heart of Grande Champagne in the village of Jarnac lies the impressive Chateau de Triac. The chateau is the home of Cognac Tiffon, to which the cognac brand Braastad belongs. Rubbing shoulders with other famous cognac houses such as Bisquit or Courvoisier, the brand Braastad was created when a Norwegian named Sverre Braastad married into the Tiffon family. Known for their devotion to the traditional cognac producing methods, today the whole process is still carried out at the family premises, and Cognac Braastad’s products are renowned worldwide.
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