Paid: $36 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Martell
Region: Cognac, France
Grapes: Blend from Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois regions.
Aged For: Around 5 to 8 years
Cask Type: French Trocais oak, finished in Ex-bourbon casks
Chill Filtered: Yes
Additives used: Yes
Color: Reddish Mahogany
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Nose: Ginger, mint, grapes, vanilla, cherry, sour and a bit tart
Mouthfeel: Light bodied
Palate/Taste: Vanilla, menthol, sour grapes, plum, citrus, ginger, oak
Finish: Short and light warmth, oak tannins and vanilla, with a bit of coconut and dry wine
Thoughts: So this is the first “Cognac” (technically it can’t be called that due to the bourbon barrels) and after loving Armagnac, and the difference is profound. Much, much lighter in body.
Score: 74 out of 100
Authors Note: I tried another glass of this recently after the bottle had been open awhile, and it seems a little bit of oxidation has helped it, bringing out more fruit flavors and tamping down the menthol and sour notes. It may be worth visiting again.