A celebration of one of the finest spirits around today, World Cognac Day 2020 is upon us! Produced in France, the drink takes its name from the town from which it was first created and where many of our favourite brands continue to thrive.
The story for Cognac starts right back in the 16th Century when Dutch settlers came to France in the name of salt, wood and wine. Having found only some of what they came for, they did leave an incredible legacy that we know call Cognac. The spirit is still made under strict guidelines that state only grapes grown in the Cognac region can be used. These are Ugni Blanc (95% of the current crop), Folle Blanche and Colombard.
The process of making Cognac starts out with the pressing of the white grapes and receiving grape juice followed by a 10-day fermentation period. The resulting white wine is highly acidic and very fruity with a low alcohol content. The goal of distillation is to select and concentrate the aroma and bouquet contained in the wine.
For Cognac, distillation occurs twice in copper stills before an essential slow ageing process begins in which the aromas start to develop to give the drink its complex taste.
Our Top 3 Cognac Choices
With Father’s Day just around the corner and of course, national cognac day, we’ve picked the top three bottles of Cognac you can get directly to your doorstep from VIP Bottles.
1. D’Usse XO Cognac
Delivers rich flavour notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish.
2. Hennessy VS Cognac
V.S is an expression of all that makes Hennessy so well-loved. The youngest cognac of the range and a modern take on Hennessy’s 3-Star, it encapsulates Hennessy’s enduring savoir-faire and expertise.
3. Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what’s known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years old. It is a stunning cognac with an excellent delivery. It was first blended by the eponymous Thomas Hine.
Don’t fancy drinking it neat? Why not try this cocktail concoction we’ve put together for you!
- 60ml D’usse VSOP Cognac
- Four/Five dashes Angostura bitters
- One White sugar cube
- Dash of Soda water
- Four Large ice cubes
- Twist of orange peel
- Place the sugar cube in the base of an old-fashioned glass.
- Soak with the bitters and a dash of soda water, then crush the sugar with the back of a bar spoon.
- Add one-third of the Cognac and two ice cubes and stir well. Add another third of the Cognac and one ice cube and stir well.
- Repeat with the remaining Cognac and ice cube and decorate with a twist of orange peel.
Find the alcohol you need for this recipe (and more) on the VIP Bottles website today.