Chabanneau XO

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Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: ?

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, XO

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Not quiet mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grapes, figs, dried fruits, sour notes, and light orchard fruits

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Crisp grape, citrus tang, raisins, pears, a bit of apricot

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, grapes and dried fruits, with citrus and apples

Thoughts: A step up from many of the VS and VSOPs I’ve had, and supposedly one of the highest selling XOs in Europe, but the more I dive into Cognac, I find it’s not my brandy of choice.

Score: 77 out of 100

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Pierre Ferrand

Region: Cognac, France

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Off Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Bright sour grape, floral, pear, peach, light sugar, apricot

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: White grapes, peach, pear, sour orchard fruits

Finish: Light and short, with similar notes from the nose and palate returning very quickly

Thoughts: While to body is helped by the added ABV, this is clearly designed with mixing in mind as the sour notes would need to be masked in order for this to be enjoyed consistently neat.

Score: 70 out of 100

 

Park Cognac 28 Year Old “Lot 28” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401

Park Cognac 28

Price: $109 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Park Cognac

Region: Grand Champagne Cognac, France

44.5% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Reddish amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honeysuckle, gentle grapes, melon, sugar, floral, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Gentle fruits, melon, honey flowers, Cantaloupe

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, melon, oak, spice, citrus, and floral notes

Thoughts: I picked up tons of melon and flowers, and thought that with this much age it would have picked up heavier deeper flavors from the wood. Too light for my palate.

Score: 75 out of 100

 

Remy Martin VSOP

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Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Remy Martin

Region: France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, 4-12 years

Cask Type: Oak casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added:Yes


Color: Amber

Drank:

Nose: Wood pulp, white grapes, citrus, grass, floral

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light grape, oak, dried citrus, raisin, and floral notes

Finish: Short, and light warmth, light grape and floral notes with artificial sweetner

Thoughts: Not a fan, too light, sweet, and artificial.

Score: 68 out of 100

Martell Blue Swift

Martell Blue Swift

Paid: $36 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Martell

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

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.