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December 26, 2021



Angus’s Nook
From our correspondent and
expert taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
Cognac for Boxing Day
I’ve so, so, so many samples of Cognac piling up. To the purpose that I am afraid to even start tackling them, regardless that I do know that finally it should be finished. Not that tasting Cognac is a chore thoughts you – fairly the other. It is a drink I’ve come to understand increasingly more in recent times.


It is a spirit that’s virtually completely concerning the positive element; whisky sways wildly from peat to fruit – sherry to bourbon – and might present apparent, speedy distinction from the brim of the glass. Cognac then again is about celebrating nuance and subtlety on the macro and micro ranges. You need to virtually climb inside every dram, sleeves rolled and scalpel poised to dissect. It’s why so many Cognacs, if we’re being ruthlessly trustworthy, simply ‘style like Cognac’. The good ones are distinct, however these distinctions are nice as a result of they’re additionally refined.



It’s this facet that may make Cognac difficult to ‘get’ initially for these of us used to extra assertive character in our drinks. Cognac devotees will inform you it’s about terroir and the idiosyncrasy of the assorted areas. I might add to this it’s also quite a bit to do with the business nature of the product itself: the huge oceans of Cognac produced are made in a extremely uniform approach and supposed for mixing, predominantly by one in all 4 major massive Cognac homes. Lots of the most seen, business Cognac bottlings are extremely processed, managed merchandise that are not too attention-grabbing to spirits fanatics. What we most have a good time on the very sharp finish of the spirit-geekery spectrum, are simply glittering drops of these oceans that discover their approach by quirk of household, possession, historical past, enterprise, disagreement, finance and pure likelihood, to be bottled in additional pure, un-sweetened, non-intervened types.




‘What’s going to occur in 1965? Will a Man have reached the moon?
In any case, Martell shall be 250 years outdated’
(French journal advert for Martell Médaillon, 1964)


Little surprise that the Venn diagram of whisky and Cognac enthusiasm is transferring ever additional in direction of eclipse. Whisky has been forward of Cognac for fairly a while now in celebration of pure, cask power, unadorned presentation of the distillate – in single or multi-cask kind. A mode that Cognac has been enjoying catch as much as just lately and to nice acclaim; when shed of its sugar and boisé and brute dilution, Cognac generally is a drink of superluminal nuance and fruity magnificence, with pure attraction to a whisky palate. What might, and will for my part, come subsequent is that whisky could begin to study many very important classes from the world of Cognac. There’s a wealth of concepts about dilution, ageing, terroir, wooden administration and glass-storage that would all have optimistic qualitative results if utilized in whisky – however time should inform on that entrance.



I believe – and as a bottler of Cognac myself, I hope – this overlap between the 2 cultures of enthusiasm is just set to proceed. As talked about, Cognac is a drink about positive element, it is about complexity, nuance, shyness and quiet subtlety. My past love is, and all the time shall be, Scotch Whisky, however Cognac affords a phenomenal and all the time fascinating interlude from different extra boisterous spirits. It will possibly take a very long time to get into it correctly, to get to that private ‘eureka’ second that all of us keep in mind coming so powerfully with whisky. But it surely’s price making the trouble to get there I feel, it is a rewarding drink to ponder, to spend time with, and to study. It belongs to the world of wine as a lot as to that of distillate, and as such what there may be to study will all the time dwarf what one thoughts can know.



Additionally it is a drink very a lot about time, about utilizing time patiently and intentionally as an ingredient and agent of high quality. One thing the French mastered and retained way back throughout a lot of their varied nationwide drinks; one thing we have gone backwards on with whisky, or arguably by no means mastered within the first place. As such, there is not any scarcity of bottlings on the market right now which signify astonishing worth for cash when in comparison with virtually any whisky/whiskey bottlings from wherever world wide. (Let’s not even get began on Armagnac!) It is nearly as good a cause as any in right now’s price-obsessed age to go and discover Cognac.



Anyway, let’s begin battle with this pattern pile. We’ll have an actual combined bag right now…



Delamain Pale & Dry Grande Champagne (70 proof, OB, late 1970s)

Delamain Pale & Dry Grande Champagne (70 proof, OB, late Seventies)
A well-known home positioned in Jarnac. ‘Pale & Dry’ basically means ‘with out sugar’. Color: gentle amber. Nostril: leafy and mild, with dried apricots, some caffe latte and caramelised brown sugar. It does certainly really feel a tad extra ‘pure’ in the best way it presents aromatically. Some lighter notes of sultana and quince paste emerge as properly. Mouth: delicate on arrival however you’re feeling that it’s certainly a drier and barely firmer fashion that included tobaccos, mushroom powders, bouillon shares and sticky preserved darkish fruits. Muscovado sugars, dried mint and marjoram. Has the richness of Grande Champagne and these delicate wee spices carry a sense of classiness to proceedings. End: medium, in all probability a tad brief, some spiced toffee, prunes, extra apricots and extra leathery tobacco vibes. Feedback: these 40% ABVs are all the time an issue for whisky palates. Nevertheless, let’s not neglect these had been drinks designed for big mouthfuls and entire bottles to be demolished post-dinner with cigars and so on. The drier and barely extra pure profile additionally works a appeal right here too.
SGP: 561 – 82 factors.



Frapin Chateau de Fontpinot Grande Champagne Reserve du Chateau (41%, OB, 1990s)

Frapin Chateau de Fontpinot Grande Champagne Réserve du Château (41%, OB, Nineteen Nineties)
From an property positioned completely inside the Grande Champagne area, that is additionally Cognac that is produced and bottled by the home itself. Color: deep amber. Nostril: fairly wealthy and strong on the nostril. Leaf mulch, tobaccos, burnt raisins, quince paste, dates, fuzzy peaches and a few almond oil too. In my nonetheless very restricted expertise, I would say it seems like typical Grande Champagne. Mouth: even 1 single additional diploma of alcohol already seems like an asset right here. Some heat and somewhat beneficiant spiciness, darkish chocolate, toasted Brazil nuts, cloves, umami paste and crystallised citrus rinds. Extra of those earthen cellar and leaf mulch vibes too. End: medium, calmly peppery, some honeys, leather-based, cocoa and dried herbs. Slightly charming aftertaste. Feedback: a properly chunky, classical, properly balanced and uncomplicated GC Cognac that I am positive would go down a deal with whereas falling asleep in entrance of The Nice Escape on a Christmas afternoon.
SGP: 561 – 83 factors.



Martell V.S.O.P Medallion (40%, OB, 1960s)

Martell V.S.O.P Medaillon (40%, OB, Sixties)
One in every of Martell’s flagship bottlings, containing Cognac from Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois all minimal 4 years outdated. Though, how comparable that recipe was within the Sixties I could not inform you. Color: deep mahogany. Nostril: finely polished and somewhat impressively scented. Earthy, with many tobaccos, black truffle, dried mushroom and wee touches of bergamot and clove. With time there’s Seville orange marmalade and that the majority classical of Cognac aroma: peaches! Mouth: not as ‘collectively’ because the nostril, loses somewhat definition and has this  tiny word of cleaning soap. There’s nonetheless some very good cocoa and leaf mulch flavours occurring, together with crystallised orange peel and a few pretty rancio. End: medium, somewhat chocolatey, properly natural and bitter with a good spiciness. Feedback: loses its approach on the palate a bit, however general a really positive and surprisingly good Cognac at occasions. Exhausting to attain although. The nostril by itself was price simply 88 for my part. I believe one other outdated bottle of the identical liquid might inform a distinct story… 
SGP: 561 – 80(ish) factors.



Normandin Mercier Vieille Grande Champagne 'L'Essentiel' (41.5%, OB for Cognac-Expert, 60 bottles, 2020)

Normandin Mercier Vieille Grande Champagne ‘L’Essentiel’ (41.5%, OB for Cognac-Skilled, 60 bottles, 2020)
Normandin Mercier is a small producer positioned simply outdoors La Rochelle. That is a part of an ongoing collection of micro bottlings by the superb Cognac-Skilled on-line retailer. Their weblog is an effective place to go to study extra about Cognac. Color: orangey gold. Nostril: now we’re speaking! Many flowers, pollens, wild herbs, citrus rinds, some somewhat agency notes of flower honey and issues like peaches in syrup, dried apricots and even slight hints of verbena and mead. The sort of aroma that places you in thoughts of some 1972 Glen Grant. Mouth: very a lot on honeys, nectars and wooden resins as soon as once more. Natural extracts, wintergreen, citronella, bergamot and issues like lemon thyme, aniseed and candied orange peel. An ideal instance of a Cognac that is about finesse and element. End: lengthy, calmly spicy, warming, resinous citrus fruit notes, wooden extracts, natural cocktail bitters and hints of leather-based. Feedback: to me, with such Cognacs, the phrase that usually involves thoughts is ‘elegant’. That is pure, pure, straightforward to take pleasure in Cognac that is additionally vastly elegant, advanced and expressive.
SGP: 651 – 89 factors.



Giboin Borderies 'L'Essentiel' (46.5%, OB for, 2021)

Giboin Borderies ‘L’Essentiel’ (46.5%, OB for, 2021)
Giboin is positioned in Cherves-Richemont and it is a mix of three casks of ugni blanc from 2002, 2005 and 2009. Color: pale amber. Nostril: much more rustic, punchy and strong. Fairly placing to leap from GC to Borderies like that. Clear notes of dried flowers, runny honey, marmalade, citrus curds, pollens and small impressions of fruit salad juices. Some good notes of breads and toasted seeds additionally emerge together with a somewhat rustic spiciness and hints of fennel seed. Mouth: an actual departure, brown breads unfold with honey and orange marmalade. Additionally touches of mango, lemon curd and peach schnapps. I even discover some notes of hessian, baked banana and apple pips. In time it turns into pure banana bread with sultanas and wee hints of chocolate. Over time the spices, aniseed and fennel come to dominate. End: good size, somewhat natural, many dried flowers, crystallised fruits, mineral oils and wooden saps. Feedback: the extra strong and highly effective aspect of Cognac. There is a rustic facet right here which may make you consider Armagnac at occasions, but that is Borderies by and thru. Wonderful as soon as once more.
SGP: 561 – 87 factors.



Hermitage 10 yo 2008 (45%, OB, Grande Champagne)

Hermitage 10 yo 2008 (45%, OB, Grande Champagne)
Single barrel and single property apparently, and fewer than 200 bottles. Color: pale amber. Nostril: has that somewhat agency and richly bready profile that youthful GCs typically appear to show. Additionally some raisins, milk chocolate and prunes. Some good threads of liquorice as properly. Fairly easy and easy however very straightforward and pleasurable up to now. Mouth: much less attention-grabbing right here, extra on bitter chocolate, workplace black espresso, some walnuts, treacle and pomegranate molasses. It is all very positive however maybe somewhat undefined. End: medium, somewhat peppery, somewhat bitter, some wooden extracts and cough mixtures. Feedback: first rate glugging Cognac at an excellent power, however not significantly advanced or refined I might say.

SGP: 451 – 82 factors.



Daniel Bouju Cigare Connaisseur (59.9%, OB Germany exclusive, Grande Champagne)

Daniel Bouju Cigare Connaisseur (59.9%, OB Germany unique, Grande Champagne)
One of many first Cognac homes to do and promote increased ABV expressions. A reputation that is already gathered fairly some respect from whisky folks. Color: amber. Nostril: wealthy and emphatically spicy, on darkish grained breads, cocoa powder, aniseed, Earl Gray tea, leather-based and white miso paste. What’s nice is also that it noses extraordinarily simply at full power – all the time a fantastic check in my wee e-book. With water: dried herbs, cough medicines and chai tea. Extra spiced darkish breads, umami paste and bitter orange. Mouth: nice arrival, extremely concentrated and thick, loads of fruit syrups, flower nectars and wooden spices unpacking from beneath that. Extra cocoa, extra robust earthy teas, some liquorice and really slight crystallised tropical fruit notes. With water: wonderful now, goes in direction of liquorice root, fennel, paprika and mint. Numerous marmalades, chopped dates and classical rancio notes. End: lengthy, peppery and riddled with delicate wooden spices, teas, polished leather-based, cocoa and dried flowers. Feedback: with Cognac, as quickly as you hit cask power, you actually discover it. Extra highly effective and terrific work from Daniel Bouju.

SGP: 561 – 88 factors.



Daniel Bouju 'Brut de Fût Royal' (60%, OB, Cognac, Grande Champagne, -/+2019)

Daniel Bouju ‘Brut de Fût Royal’ (60%, OB, Cognac, Grande Champagne, -/+2019)
Color: reddish amber. Nostril: narrower and extra on splendidly highly effective notes of flints, freshly roast espresso beans, bitter chocolate and acacia honey. Roast chestnuts, wintergreen, aged orange peel (cheng pi) and a few properly resinous hints of balsamic and rancio. Some date molasses and treacle emerge with time, together with an impression of caramelised demerara sugar. With water: extra fragrant, deeper, extra earthy, plummier and with a barely extra pronounced rummy high quality. Mouth: a bit easier than the Cigar bottling, however maybe extra emphatic and profound. Deeply earthy, peppery and darkly fruited – all on sticky dates and plums stewed in Armagnac – with hardwood resins and natural extracts. With water: these breads from the Cigar version are again! Pretty rye bread spiciness, treacle, cloves, massive pipe tobacco notes, leather-based, earthen cellar flooring, leaf mulch – the entire shebang! End: lengthy, very focussed on liquorice, chewing tobacco, paprika, earth and umami paste. Some sweeter molasses notes rising in direction of the aftertaste. Feedback: extraordinarily good. Little surprise whisky folks are so into these bottlings. Critically, if you’re a fan of huge, gutsy cask power drams, then it’s best to endeavour to style one in all these Daniel Bouju bottlings.
SGP: 561 – 89 factors.



Daniel Bouju 'Très Vieux Edition Dully' (53.4%, C. Dully Selection, Switzerland, Grande Champagne, 2019)

Daniel Bouju ‘Très Vieux Version Dully’ (53.4%, C. Dully Choice, Switzerland, Grande Champagne, 2019)
Let’s attempt one other Daniel Bouju, this time chosen by our Swiss buddies – between lunchtime pints of Tokaji essencia and their afternoon Toblerone. Color: ruby mahogany. Nostril: now we’re speaking! Fantastically thick, layered and concentrated. Sultanas, crystallised citrus peels, some lengthy aged demerara rum, costly liquorice after which many tiny notes resembling cedar wooden, dried herbs, leather-based tobacco pouches and an more and more elegant menthol facet. Beautiful! With water: works terrifically with water, changing into extra fragile and sophisticated. Many dried flowers, crystallised unique fruit and even wee issues like 5 spice and Szechwan pepper. Mouth: a surprisingly straightforward arrival, loads of delicate and complicated spices, bitter darkish chocolate, dried herbs resembling oregano and thyme, then pure liquorice root, miso and tarragon. Sweeter notes come from these pretty sticky darkish fruits resembling sultanas, fig and prune. With water: as soon as once more the feel stays beautifully thick, with loads of clear and punchy spices, hardwood resins, spiced marmalade and extra miso. End: lengthy, nonetheless somewhat amazingly recent, nonetheless exhibiting many wee spices, preserved fruits, herbs, liquorice and menthol qualities. Feedback: unsurprisingly, excellent outdated Cognac that balances energy and age with freshness. The focus on show, and the feel are additionally actually spectacular.
SGP: 661 – 90 factors.



Vallein Tercinier 'Rue 91' (45.3%, OB for Wu Dram Clan, Fins Bois)

Vallein Tercinier ‘Rue 91’ (45.3%, OB for Wu Dram Clan, Fins Bois)
Love Vallein Tercinier. Love Fins Bois. And I suppose additionally love Wu Dram Clan 😉 Anyway, expectations are excessive right here… Color: deep gold. Nostril: very typical Fins Bois, beautifully delicate, light, expressive and generously fruity. Filled with citrus marmalades, flower honey, mirabelle, peach stones and simply the tiniest rooty and earthy contact, one which additionally incorporates somewhat damp rancio. This type of easiness and pleasure is what Fins Bois is all about in my very humble e-book. Mouth: actually on fruit jellies, flower honey, crystallised grapefruit peel, lemon curd and this splendidly syrupy texture. Not probably the most advanced, however goes down with the deadliness of a stealth ninja! End: medium size, syrupy fruits as soon as once more, but in addition now barely sappy and resinous with wormwood and liquorice. Feedback: Easy, direct and really typical Fins Bois, but in addition simply vastly quaffable. The sort of bottle you could possibly idly demolish over Christmas with out altering your slippers.
SGP: 651 – 88 factors.



Cognac Lot 19 'No.70' 49 yo (49.2%, The Whisky Agency, Petite Champagne, 234 bottles, 2019)

Cognac Lot 19 ‘No.70’ 49 yo (49.2%, The Whisky Company, Petite Champagne, 234 bottles, 2019)
It has been far, far too lengthy since I attempted something from The Whisky Company. This must be a Seventies classic. Color: amber. Nostril: we’re into earthier, mulchier and darker territories. Stewed darkish fruits all sticky with syrups, roots, tobaccos, herbs and cigar humidors. Some candied citrus peels, bergamot oil and high quality orange marmalade. Very cohesive and seductive. Mouth: somewhat stewed and targeting earthy, damp tobaccos, bitter darkish cocoa powder, natural extracts and cocktail bitters. Plenty of leather-based, sack material and a really classical rancio character. In time it begins to include some calmly gamey, meaty features too, resembling meat shares, suet and gravy. All of the whereas there’s these darkish fruits within the background. Pretty stuff! End: good size, very centered on leaf mulch, damp tobacco, earth, sultanas, fir resins, liquorice and earthy black teas. Feedback: we’re approaching this fashion of outdated Cognac that makes you’re feeling as if you might be sipping some sort of liquified historic library. Which, come to consider it, is definitely the title of a Whisky Company bottling collection – guys, I feel you missed a trick right here!
SGP: 561 – 90 factors.



Borderies D65-A54 (56.7%, Grosperrin for C. Dully Selection, cask #A1, 2019)

Borderies D65-A54 (56.7%, Grosperrin for C. Dully Choice, cask #A1, 2019)
Needs to be from 1965. I am additionally a giant fan of Borderies cognacs. Color: shiny bronze. Nostril: an exquisite mixture of jellied citrus fruits, flower honeys and mulchy earthy tones. Additionally issues like outdated shoe leather-based, cabinet spices, yellow plums and mineral oils. Tremendous complexity within the nostril. With water: peaches, pressed flowers, pollens and tinned apricot in syrup. Nonetheless splendidly luscious and vibrant. Mouth: nice arrival, highly effective and assertive on wooden spices, dried herbs, preserved darkish fruits, hardwood resins, furnishings oils, lanolin and natural cough medicines. Wormwood, orange oils, fruit liqueurs and crystallised unique fruits. Beautiful! With water: actually excellent now! A beautiful mixture of wooden spices, natural extracts, resinous crystallised fruits, honeys and pollens – virtually a 1965 Glen Grant! End: lengthy, completely natural, medicinal, intricately earthy, syrupy and extra of those resinous unique and citrus fruits. The aftertaste particularly turns into virtually embarrassingly unique. Feedback: excellent outdated Cognac that nods in so some ways to nice old style Speyside malts.

SGP: 661 – 91 factors.



Otard 1929

Otard 21 yo 1929/1950 (70 proof, Grants of St James, French Brandy)
One other public sale acquisition of mine. There may be nothing on the label saying ‘Cognac’ however having already sipped just a few tipples from this bottle I’ve robust confidence. Additionally Grants of St James was a kind of posh London wine retailers that would love not have bottled any outdated tat. Apparently the label states: “This brandy was shipped in 1930 and was bottled by Grant’s of St James after being held in cask for 21 years. A big amount of the unique cargo was misplaced throughout this era on account of evaporation, and the rest has developed into a powerful brandy with a mellow bouquet.” How very cool that they would supply such element again in 1950! Color: deep gold. Nostril: riddled with fruit jams and preserves, feeling virtually sticky with them and exhibiting great focus. Wildflowers heavy with pollens and nectars, citrus marmalades, peach syrup, melon and flower honeys. The freshness is simply superb, it is feeling virtually playful. Mouth: these sticky preserved fruits, cordials and syrups are entrance and centre on arrival. Pears and peaches baked with spices, extra flower honeys, mentholated tobacco, eucalyptus oil, lemon verbena and baked apple that makes you suppose briefly of outdated Calvados. End: lengthy, completely resinous and exhibiting firmer spicy and peppery tones now, surprisingly highly effective and natural within the aftertaste. Feedback: one other good outdated Cognac/brandy that appears to completely shine in relative youth.
SGP: 651 – 91 factors.



Maison Prunier Petite Champagne 1919 (43%, OB)

Maison Prunier Petite Champagne 1919 (43%, OB)
Color: coppery gold. Nostril: one other degree completely. On deeply scented unique fruits – mango, papaya and guava – with many additional notes of bergamot, dried flowers, mentholated herbs, lemon peel, peaches and even issues like outdated materials. Fairly astonishing freshness and element. Mouth: the factor is, the label says 43%, however I’ve an e-hydrometer at hand which tells me 45% and it definitely feels that approach on the palate. That is beautiful and completely highly effective. Fruit salad syrups, winter spices, lemon verbena, natural wines and a gloriously resinous honey profile. Additionally quince jelly, hessian and even lanolin. Excellent energy, texture and focus of flavour. End: lengthy, warming, stuffed with peppers, honeys, wooden resins, natural liqueurs and fruit nectars. Feedback: a real outdated glory that we’d even name ‘outdated fashion’ Cognac. What I like is that it clearly is not a very outdated distillate, in all probability round 30 years outdated, and but the freshness and complexity and vibrancy of the flavours is uniformly great all through.
SGP: 651 – 93 factors.



Grand Fine Champagne Cognac 1865 'Fine Old Liqueur Brandy' (OB, -/+ 1940s)

Grand Wonderful Champagne Cognac 1865 ‘Wonderful Previous Liqueur Brandy’ (OB, -/+ Nineteen Forties)
A really outdated bottle I purchased just lately at public sale. Color: deep mahogany. Nostril: extraordinarily scented with furnishings oils, hardwood resins and beeswax polish. Additionally some historic leather-based, over-extracted mint tea after which this seemingly large natural facet that retains constructing and constructing. You may be nosing some Nineteen Fifties Fernet Branca combined with cola syrup. In all probability riddled with boisé I might guess – to the purpose of being excessive. Mouth: certainly, excessive is the phrase. It is not a lot like outdated Cognac as like chewing herbs, grasses, gentian and liquorice roots and issues like angelica, woodruff, wormwood and wintergreen. Belle Epoche Absinthe with flip of the century American root beer! Psychological! Having stated all that, it isn’t ‘unenjoyable’, it is simply that you’ll want to like natural bitters. End: fairly lengthy simply by advantage of this excessive herbaceousness. Medicines, gentian, liquorice and angelica as soon as once more. Feedback: a helpful, and humbling, reminder that not all these outdated pre-phylloxera Cognacs are vintage glories. Fascinating to attempt however undeniably smothered by boisé and who is aware of what different components. Additionally, who is aware of what has occurred to this bottle in the course of the intervening many years? One other humorous historic oddity that’s unattainable to attain in any significant approach. In any case, as a natural bitter it is truly excellent 😉
SGP: 582 – 65ish factors.



Domaine du Clos Michelet Fine Champagne 1865 'Reserve Exclusive' (OB, 1/2 bottle, -/+ 1950s)

Domaine du Clos Michelet Wonderful Champagne 1865 ‘Reserve Unique’ (OB, 1/2 bottle, -/+ Nineteen Fifties)
A humorous wee half (or third?) dimension bottle that I additionally nabbed at public sale just lately. Let’s examine how far more cash I’ve wasted. (Thank God, Lucy doesn’t learn Whiskyfun!) Color: deepest mahogany as soon as once more. Nostril: we’re comfortably in safer territories right here. Deeply earthy and mulchy although. Traipsing by a large cigar humidor in an historic Tokaji cellar. Some pretty notes of candy tobacco, darkish chocolate cocoa, century outdated balsamic, pure tar extracts and fir wooden resins. Actually has that pronounced rustic, very old style edge which I discover typical of many pre-phylloxera Cognacs. Buried inside all this dank cellar should and rancio there are glimmers of blood orange and candied prunes. Mouth: you may inform there may be sugar at work right here too, but it surely’s much more balanced by roots, earths, delicate natural resins, wormwood and many thick rancio notes. Liquorice root, eucalyptus bark, robust natural teas, aniseed and even a wee nodule of kumquat. Additionally numerous candied citrus peels. Superb and intensely decadent – which is unattainable to be towards. End: medium, mulchy, delicate pipe tobacco notes, bitter chocolate, inexperienced Chartreuse and delicate wooden spices. Feedback: ‘outdated fashion’ in Cognac can imply extra rustic kinds of distillate, but it surely appears it may possibly additionally imply much more aggressive deployment of boisé. This one is much extra balanced, with no scarcity of magnificence, but it surely’s additionally not excellent both. You’ll be able to really feel there is a extra pure historic spirit inside longing to get out.
SGP: 561 –  87 factors.



Heartfelt due to Sebastien for assist with this session. And likewise glad holidays and all one of the best for 2022 when it comes round.



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