This sample was obtained from my good friend Christian who cracked the bottle open on a night where we needed to vent our frustration and a drink was an absolute necessity.
I’m not well versed in the different styles of Cognac & Brandy. As a young adult I would have small nips with my family after holiday dinners but it was always rudimentary stuff. Since then I’ve expanded my horizons but still come at this like more of a whisky drinker, so take this review with a grain of salt.
VSOP means the youngest components of this blend are a minimum of 4 years of age.
Nose: Raisins, poached peaches, sharp oak, cloves, cassia buds, sweet grapes giving way to a herbal leafy smell a bit of powdered ginger and lemongrass
Palate: A reduction of dried raisins and figs a bit of tobacco, lemon pith, poached fruits with bitter herbs and grasses.
Finish: medium length, dried figs, a bit of fruit cake, sweet and very active oak.
This seems engineered to be very pleasant and easygoing, it’s sweet and the initial fruit burst is nice but cloying over a long period of time. The oak is very active and present, like a hyperactive teen. Certainly better than the bottom shelf stuff but only if you have a sweet tooth.
Courvoisier Cognac VSOP