Origin: Cognac, France
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What an aromatic nose this brandy gives – about 30mls of this liquid sits idle in a large brandy balloon about an arm length away, and I can smell vanilla and ripe summery stone fruit. Bringing the brandy balloon to my nose, the bouquet is full of honey, ripe apricot and nectarine, and wood spices.
The mouth-feel is disappointingly thin, but the flavours are kind of impressive though they fizzle out quickly into a blur of wood tannins and sugars. On the entry, there is plenty of honey (its almost like biting into a baklava), and then dried fruit gives way to syrupy prunes and dried figs. All the while the taste of cloves, coffee confectionery and candied orange peel sits in the backdrop. The wood tannins slightly overpower, but the peppery spices and leather notes delight as they morph into gooey soft licorice.
Overall, I have mixed feelings towards this Cognac – its nice, but it doesn’t quite hit the spot. It seems chaotic, at least to my taste buds, and leaves an overly sweet taste in my mouth. Would I buy a bottle of this Cognac? No, probably not.