Maker: Tessendier et fils, Cognac, Charentes, France
Age Categories: VS (at least 2 y/o), VSOP (at least 4 y/o)
VS: $35 (Binny’s)
VSOP: $45 (Binny’s)
VS: Pale gold
VSOP: Bright amber.
VS: Raisin, resin, alcohol.
VSOP: Dr. Pepper, leather, alcohol.
VS: Mild. Alcohol bite, watered down apple juice.
VSOP: Sweater, more rounded. Brown sugar, oak, plum.
VS: Light and sweet. Honey, then burn.
VSOP: Dry. New oak, alcohol.
Parting words: This is part one of a three part series of reviews of the six Cognac Park expressions that came in this nifty little six pack I bought a while back. I decided to start with these two since they’re standard expressions.
When I review VS brandies, I like to make a few mixed drinks, since that’s what young brandy is mostly used for. It’s hard to do that with only 5 cl to work with. The VS seems like it would get lost in cocktails with a lot of strong elements, but might do well in ones without. Neat it’s pleasant but not memorable. $35 isn’t terrible but there are better values that are easier to find. Park VS is not recommended.
The VSOP is much more enjoyable neat. It’s heavy on the brown/sugar caramel notes and I wish it was a little more complex but it’s a balanced, enjoyable after-dinner Cognac. Park VSOP is recommended.