By Matt Goldstein
The number 4 of our Cognac trial, the Courvoisier VS, was simply very good. The VS has great bite, distinctive flavor but yet is still smooth like an exceptionally aged Cognac. Also aged a little longer than the average VS, which is at least 2 years, the Courvoisier has a great aroma. It’s a great buy for around $30.
Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif:
Although it’s an excellent Cognac, for around $50 per bottle, we expected a lot more out of the Courvoisier Exclusif. It was very enjoyable, but all four Cognacs above are a better buy. The Courvoisier web site claims that the Exclusif was designed to be mixed. Mixed? A mixer that costs $50? Please. You’re better off using a $15 brandy. You won’t know the difference, trust us. The Exclusif VSOP is also aged more than the average VSOP, hence the price. But it is a good Cognac none the less. The Exclusif really grows on you. It’s taken time for this Cognac to grow on us but after drinking the Courvoisier Exclusif on 6 different occasions, this drink is definitely elite.
Although a little too smooth and lacking a little bite, the Hennessy VS was still pretty good. It has a great nose and is just a solid Cognac. A collection of over 40 eaux de vie, the Hennessy VS is made from a recipe that has been around for 145 years. It’s a classic Cognac. This is a best buy pound for pound for your dollar.
The Eaux de Vie Congac Trials: Hennessy Black, Hennessy VS, Remy Martin VSOP, Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif, Courvoisier VS, Martell VS and more…