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11 of the Best Brands of Cognac to Drink

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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


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Blended from up to 400 eaux-de-vie by Rémy Martin's cellarmaster, this velvety blend hits a symphony of notes full of white flowers, juicy plums, candied oranges, hazelnuts, and freshly grated cinnamon. 

Antique XO Premier Cru Cognac


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The earthy palate of this antique cognac are complimented by vanilla, green fruits, and spices. Aged for 10 years, this is a very special blend for the producer as it was created by Georges Hine in 1920. 

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Hennessy Marc Newson Limited Edition 2018


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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. 

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Hardy XO Rare Cognac


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If you're looking to experience high-quality cognac without putting a dent in your wallet, look no further. This X.O. rare blend features aromas of rose petals, dates, and hand-rolled tobacco. Made with Grande and Petite Champagne grapes, you'll be able to impress even the most finicky cognac aficionado. 

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Courvoisier XO Cognac


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This master blend of cognac has been aged from 11-25 years, developing flavors of iris flower, candied orange, and créme brûlée. As one of the top cognac houses in the world, this bottle of Courvoisier X.O. is a must have for the sophisticated bar cart. 

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Martell 250th Anniversary VSOP

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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. 

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Kelt Cognac XO


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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. 

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Metaxa Grande Fine


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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. 

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Pierre Ferrand Cognac Selection des Anges


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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. 

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XO Gold & Blue


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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


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A blend of the oldest, most elite and cherished eaux-de-vie at Rémy Martin to create Louis XIII. With a finish that lasts on the palate for more than an hour, a combination of florals, candied fruit, and spices emerge after the first sip until they expand into individual notes of passion fruit, ginger, roses, sandalwood, and honey. Named after King Louis XIII of France, the brand has stood synonymous with French culture since 1874. For those willing to pay a high amount of iconic collections of cognac, this is a chance to taste history. 

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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