When you think of Cognac, you often picture a bunch of old men sipping and smoking cigars while disputing politics. Many view cognac as unapproachable but recently many have changed their opinion about cognac. Its delicate character and complexity of grapes and barrel flavors are changing the opinions about this finely crafted variety of brandy.

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About Cognac

Congac is essentially a brandy that is produced in the Cognac region. It is distilled in pot stills made of copper and aged in special oak barrels. Cognac ages much the same way as whiskey.

The major grades of Cognac can be defined as follows:

  • Very Special (VS) is the youngest grade.
  • Very Special Old Pale (V.S.O.P.), also known as Very Superior Old Pale, is older, having spent a minimum of four years aging in wooden casks.
  • Extra Old (X.O.) cognac is older than the other grades, and stored at least a minimum of six years. Some manufacturers age their cognac as much as twenty years.

There are other grades such as Napoleon, Extra, Vieux, Vielle Reserve, and Hors d’age, but these are the major grades.