You can say what you like, but a good cognac is always a small pleasure to be missed on special occasions. By the way, do you know the different categories of cognac?
First of all, he says that cognac is an eau de vie which is the result of a double distillation of a low alcohol wine and an ageing in oak barrels. At the base, the juice (must) comes from grapes of the ugni blanc grape variety (the vast majority), colombard and folle-blanche. The production area is delimited by the appellation which extends around Cognac of course and covers a large part of the Charente, Charente-Maritime with some "overflows" in the Dordogne and Deux-Sèvres.
But what do these different letters and appellations on cognac labels mean?
VS : Very Special " which proudly displays its 3 stars. The blended eaux-de-vie have been aged for a minimum of 2 years.
VSOP : Very Special Old Pale. We are talking here about a blend of eaux-de-vie aged a minimum of 4 years (so the youngest eau-de-vie is at least 4 years old). No sugar or caramel added.
XO: Extra Old. Aging is 6 years minimum. (10 years since 2018)
Napoleon - Old Reserve. : This category falls between the VSOP and XO categories. (6 years old)
Extra - Out of Age : Even older than the XO
Larsen V.S.O.P. Cognac, Poitou-Charentes, France One of the classic fruity cognacs remains the Larsen which tries to rejuvenate its sometimes too classic image. New packaging and above all the focus on mixology with a few recipes to enjoy it in cocktails. Personally, I am a fan of cognac to be enjoyed alone like a great one in its glass. This Larsen is greedy with its notes of candied fruits, its sweet spicy aromas and its finish caressing the palate. To be enjoyed in good company...($62.25)
For cocktail lovers, add a little passion fruit syrup, 2 dashes of aromatic bitters and decorate with a slice of orange or an Italian cherry on a large ice cream.
Source : toutsurlevin.ca