Cognac

The finest variety of brandy called Cognac, got its name from the town in France with that same name. The spirit is produced in the wine-growing area that surrounds the town of Cognac, in France’s Departements of Charente-Maritime and Charente. The grapes are fermented and then distilled twice in copper pot stills, which produce a colorless alcohol called eau-de-vie. The spirit is then aged in oak barrels. Most cognacs are a blend of different eaux-de-vie of varying ages and qualities. Sip a glass of fine and velvety cognac and you see why French are so proud of this spirit and call it the water of life. Click to learn more about cognac and how it’s produced.

Cognac

There are few general categories that cognacs are classified: VS, or very special, must be aged at least 2 years; VSOP, or very superior old pale, must be aged at least four years; and XO, or extra-old, must be aged at least six years.

Aged cognacs are typically sipped neat, or maybe with a drop of water. Younger cognacs are ideal for cocktails and many classic drinks, such as Sidecar, the Between the Sheets use it as the base.

Hennessy VS Cognac

Hennessy is probably the most appreciated and well-known name in the cognac world. Their V.S. bottling is the youngest in the product line, thus being the least expensive as well. Despite this fact, priced at $30 a bottle, Hennessy V.S. is comparable with many other brands on the market. Although not the best, this is still a good cognac, suitable for mixing and reliable, a cognac you can count on for various occasions.

Overview of Cognac

The variety of brandy called Cognac, got its name from the town in France with that same name.  The spirit is produced in the wine-growing area that surrounds the town of Cognac, in France’s Departements of Charente-Maritime and Charente.

In order for any distilled brandy to be called Cognac, there are certain legal requirements that must be met by the production methods.  Cognac must be made using specified grapes.  The Ugni blanc, which is known as Saint-Emilion in the local area, is the grape that is most widely used.  Also, the brandy has to be twice distilled using copper pot stills as well as aged for a minimum of two years inside French oak barrels that are from either Troncais or Limousin.  When it is aged inside barrels, Cognac matures the same way that wine and whiskies do.  A majority of cognacs are aged for much longer than the legal minimum requirement.