11 of the Best Brands of Cognac to Drink
The name cognac conjures up images of brown leather and crystal tumblers, exuding old world luxury. And yet, it's precisely that je ne sais quoi that keeps many of us from making it our nightcap of choice; the sense that we don't know enough to truly appreciate the experience. But as cognac has started to break into the mainstream cocktail scene, it's becoming more accessible to drinkers of all stripes, which makes now the perfect time to study up. Here's a rundown on the most elegant bottles to add to your bar cart.
Rémy Martin XO
Blended from up to 400
Antique XO Premier Cru Cognac
The earthy palate of this antique cognac
Hennessy Marc Newson Limited Edition 2018
A fun take on tradition (and one coveted among Hennessy collectors) Designer Marc Newson wanted his collaboration on this cognac bottle to showcase the deep color of this liquor. Aromas of spice accompany hints of oak, flowers, and fruit in this incredibly intricate blend.
Hardy XO Rare Cognac
If you're looking to experience high-quality cognac without putting a dent in your wallet, look no further. This X.O.
Courvoisier XO Cognac
This master blend of cognac has been aged from 11-25 years, developing flavors of
Martell 250th Anniversary VSOP
A real landmark cognac, the Martell 250th Anniversary V.S.O.P is just the thing for a collector. Made as a celebration of the 250 year legacy of this classic Cognac house, the V.S.O.P (Very Superior Old Pale) is well worth the splurge.
Kelt Cognac XO
A bouquet of floral, fruit, and wood notes provide an array of taste and aromas that give this cognac X.O. a warm and distinct finish that stays with the palate. The perfect pair with a cigar to bring out the subtle cigar box notes.
Metaxa Grande Fine
Although not your typical packaging for a bottle of cognac, Metaxa's Grande Fine been aged 15 years to create a smooth blend with notes of rose petals, oak, and vanilla. The bottle, inspired by traditional ceramics from the Greek Island of Rhodes, is sure to spice up your bar cart.
Pierre Ferrand Cognac Selection des Anges
Perfect for an avid cognac drinker who wants to mix things up, this mahogany blend hits on smells of jasmine tea, honeysuckle, chocolate, and curry. The plethora of scents and taste will stay with you through the drink's long finish.
XO Gold & Blue
A true old cognac, this amber blend was aged in oak barrels for a minimum of six years. The aromas of toast, vanilla, and cinnamon are followed by tastes of spices and candied fruit that will satisfy any cognac lover.
Louis XIII Cognac
A blend of the oldest, most elite and cherished
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