So I'm in need of some help. A friend of mine has always wanted to have some good cognac. Not the VS they sell at most stores, but a more refined bottle. An XO to be sure. So it's finally come time that I have to get him a gift and I figured that a good cognac and some snifters are in order. Now I'm no expert but I've done some research into the different qualities and labels (a week ago I had no idea what the hell VS, VSOP and XO meant), but I still need some advice on what to get, what to avoid... so pretty much personal preference.
Tomorrow I'm heading to a top shelf liquor store to talk to someone about it, but I figured I'd throw it out there and hope that someone drinks the stuff.
Right now I'm considering a Remy Martin XO:
Beautiful deep amber-copper color. Rich baked pear, orange marmalade, and spice aromas. A supple entry leads to a round, dryish medium body of dried fruits, dusty brown spices, and light toffee flavors. Finishes with pleasant anise and nuts flavors amid the wood spices and minerals. A balanced, elegant style. -http://www.tastings.com/scout_spirits.lasso?id=180604
This is the Château de Montifaud- Heritage Louis Vallet. Far too expensive, but this just sounds amazing.
Rich, sweet aromas of toffee, smoky brown spices, cedar, and sandalwood. A lush entry leads to an intensely rich fruity full-bodied palate with vibrant dried fruits, toffee, and lavish brown spices. Finishes with long spicy, raisin, and dark caramel, and pepper flavors. A rich super-smooth Cognac with deep flavor and Christmas cake spiciness. -http://www.thefiftybest.com/cognac/best_cognac03.htm
I figure that even if I can't get help, this thread can become a cognac opinion/discussion thread. Or at least a repository of Ladies Man quotes. Either one is worthwhile. If it's both, this thread could become epic.
"Well, I can tell by the empty bottle of Courvoisier that it is time to say goodnight. So, uh, look out, ladies, 'cause here comes Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man!"
Edited by Banzai Riley, 13 June 2008 - 07:10 PM.