Place of origin: Champagne, Cognac (not to be confused with the wine region of the same name)
Age category: XO (6 y/o or older)
Michigan State Minimum: $150
Apparently: Reddish orange.
Nose: Alcohol, rancio, orange peel, almond extract, cherry, vanilla.
Palate: Full mouthfeel. Semi-dry. Roasted almonds, Queen Anne Cherries, white mulberries, white wine grapes.
Finish: Golden raisins, old oak, leather. Lingers for a very long time.
Parting words: I’m not in the habit of buying $150 bottles of anything, let alone Cognac. Luckily I was able to find a 50 ml bottle of this. I had to share it with you, of course, dear readers.
My biggest question is always, is it worth the money? My Cognac experience is limited but this is by far the best one I’ve ever had. It’s complex and well integrated. Fruity but not sweet. For 40% ABV, it has a lot of power too. If I were tasting blind, I would never guess that it was that low. As a bourbon guy, I would still appreciate a bigger proof at this price, but cask strength Cognac isn’t really a thing so it would probably be unfair to criticize this on that basis.
As elegant as it gets, Rémy Martin XO Excellence is recommended.