Good day sir/madam, how great that you are reading my story about cognac tasting. I guess you are interested in cognac, or maybe you are already a connaisseur. I hope that this review gives you some insight about cognac, prices, tasting notes, and will inspire you to buy a great cognac.
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The story behind this tasting article is a funny one. I saw a picture of Frapin XO cigar blend on Instagram and made a comment, that it was on my wanted list. Then @discovercognac surprised me and send me a package of 8 bottles VS, V.S.O.P. and XO cognacs, togheter with a cool tasting glass!
I called my dad (a man with great taste) and planned a tasting evening so we could review each of these cognacs. We decided to take it seriously and started out with burrata salad, 220 grams of
tenderloin steaks and a great red wine. When finished dinner we took an espresso and waited for 2 hours for the tasting could begin.
We prepared a board of charcuterie specially selected for the cognacs. On this board was a mild swiss cheese with truffle, cranberry paté, dried sausage with walnut and an organic chocolate 80% cacao.
The sample list
Prices below are based on online retail prices.
Bache Gabrielsen – Tre Kors (€33,00)
Bache Gabrielsen – American oak (€39,99)
Augier L’Océanique (€57,95)
Park borderies mizunara 10 (€79,00)
Frapin cigar blend (€79,99)
Park XO cigar blend (€160,00)
J.Dupont Art Deco (€150,00)
Jean-Luc Pasquet Le Cognac de Jean (€169,95)
Bache Gabrielsen – Tre Kors
Nose: Citrus, mint tingling in the nose.
Taste: A bit boring, very shallow. No real distinct tastes.
Aftertaste: Flown away in a second.
Bache Gabrielsen – American oak
Nose: Vanilla, coconut, apricot. Very tropical.
Taste: Sweet soft vanilla, pineapple, and a fine tingling on the tongue. Like a mix of a speyside whisky and a ripe brown rum.
Aftertaste: Medium, like summer with a fine tingling.
Nose: Floral, citrus, and far away a light salty tone.
Taste: Noticeably light, fresh but a bit shallow.
Aftertaste: A bit sharp.
Park borderies mizunara 10
Nose: Sweet, soft, and fruity. Delicately spicy and honey.
Taste: Sweet, vanilla, and delicate fruity tones.
Aftertaste: Great sensation on the tongue, long aftertaste.
Frapin cigar blend
Nose: Toffee, chocolate, delicate fruit tones, extraordinarily rich.
Taste: Pleasant on the tongue, smooth and rich. Wood, black pepper, and light hints of tobacco.
Aftertaste: Exceptionally long and pleasant, wood and pepper are very noticeable.
Park XO cigar blend
Nose: Honey, Vanilla pleasant but light
Taste: Nutmeg, honey some spiciness in the background. Rich in taste but not overly complex
Aftertaste: Long, rich, and sweet.
J.Dupont Art Deco
Nose: Orange peels, spices and sweet.
Taste: Delicate and elegant, sweet toffee and spices.
Aftertaste: Extremely pleasant medium-long aftertaste, a grand cognac!
Jean-Luc Pasquet Le Cognac de Jean
Nose: Citrus, honey, and ginger
Taste: A sharp burn, I can only taste the citrus
Aftertaste: Unpleasant and intense
My father and I made a top 3 of the cognacs we have tasted. We considered the price, the tasting notes and also if we would buy a bottle of the specific cognac.
No.1 Frapin cigar blend
No.2 Bache Gabrielsen American oak
No.3 J. Dupont Art Deco
A special thanks again to discovercognac for making this possible! On Discovercognac you can find a webshop where you can buy beautifully selected cognacs.
Cheers! Do not forget, drink responsible.