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#1 Banzai Riley

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 07:09 PM

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:25 PM

I feel like I've walked into a Colbert Platinum segment. :blink:
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#3 Banzai Riley

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 03:41 AM

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Classic stuff. Though my former school's name did end in Academy, so I'm in.

And I'm guessing there are no closet cognac drinkers among us? Really? Not one? Well, I'm continuing with this thread anyway. I'll update it with the information I get and add impressions about what I drink even if no one reads the damn thing. It's cathartic.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 08:08 PM

"Remember kids, this segment is for platinum members only. If the name of your school doesn't end in prep, academy, or your own last name, run along and dig for spare change in daddy's pockets..."

Classic stuff. Though my former school's name did end in Academy, so I'm in.

And I'm guessing there are no closet cognac drinkers among us? Really? Not one? Well, I'm continuing with this thread anyway. I'll update it with the information I get and add impressions about what I drink even if no one reads the damn thing. It's cathartic.


If we can expand this beyond Cognac, I'm in.

I know nothing at all about Cognac though. Other alcohols, sure. Never developed a taste for Cognac. :/
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:34 AM

If we can expand this beyond Cognac, I'm in.

I know nothing at all about Cognac though. Other alcohols, sure. Never developed a taste for Cognac. :/


Ugh... I'm a terrible post starter. I pretty much left this poor thread alone for a week and it nearly died a lonely death.

Anyway, that's a great idea. I kinda figured a thread like that existed somewhere but if it doesn't... well there needs to be one. I'll edit the original post to make it more drinker-friendly. Any alcohol is fine by me. I'll also throw out a little more cognac love whenever I wake up tomorrow.

Edited by Banzai Riley, 23 June 2008 - 01:34 AM.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 09:56 AM

Remy XO is very good - Hennessy as well.

The thing about XO cognac is that unless your friend wears a monocle and top hat, and drinks fine liquor all the time, anything pricey enough and with a large enough reputation is probably going to suit him just fine, so it's not worth stressing about.
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