Review 2017-037 «Specifics» Cognac • Matured for 3-7 years (V.S.) in French oak casks • 40% Alcohol • Chill filtered? • Caramel coloured? • Courvoisier (owned by Beam Suntory) • Jarnac • Charente • France • Widely available • Price €22-30
STORY. Composed principally of Fins Bois with a balancing hand of Petite Champagne, this is the youngest sibling of the Courvoisier family. Their history is proudly celebrated and supposedly includes associations with Napoleon Bonaparte and the opening of the Eiffel Tower. Originally located in the outskirts of Paris, they moved to Jarnac in the Cognac regions in 1828. Frontrunners in advertisement of their cognacs, including the first TV commercial, the first 3D commercial, and the hiring of the Art Deco designer Erté, they now focus on the use of their cognac in mixes and food pairings.
APPEARANCE. Original and remarkable design, colour of the contents looks like reddish caramel and is (most likely) artificially coloured.
NOSE. Fresh and reasonably sweetish. Starts some varnish, which is then followed by caramelised orange skin and wood-infused spices like cinnamon and cardamon. Sweet white grapes, hints of caramel, and some tea spoons of sugar. Appears young though. Water is not necessary.
TASTE. Sweet with oriental spices (in particular cardamon). Notes of caramel, spicy apple, then more creamy towards caffe latte and milk chocolate. Not that complex. Finishes with spices like pepper and paprika and slightly soapy.
VERDICT. Respectable young cognac. They did not add excessive amounts of sugar, and the balance between wood-infused and young spiritual notes has been accomplished. This is probably more for those who are not yet ready for the more sophisticated cognacs.
Recommended for people who like lightly sherried immature Speysiders.
«What others say»
- @Therumhowlerblog.com: “I found the flavours well-balanced and enjoyable, and the rum-like finish surprised and delighted me” Score: 86/100
- @Drinkhacker.com: “this VS is a showcase of caramel and vanilla, with just a hint of apple and raisin fruit bubbling up toward the back end” Score: B-
- @Jason-scotchreviews.blogspot.nl: “As a whisky drinker, I prefer the VS because it is lively and more challenging than the VSOP or XO”