Yes fret not we have not forgotten our claim to actually get onto some cognac reviews, and because of a certain aspect of this we can assure you that soon the decanter of cognac in the Buffalo lounge will soon be depleted and require another
victim spirit. (No word on the other 21 decanters, because yes the Buffalo does have a problem)
We bought this because, and we’re serious – it has a dog on it. The bottle is nice enough as well, but we realized that somehow all the decanters had scotches and that we needed to balance the scales (although to be fair we still have some E&J VS because nobody wants that)
What they Say: “” (Just a Govt. warning)
Taste: 4.0 – You get a sense of that grape and brandy taste, but it too quickly hits with the burn that moves into the aftertaste.
Aftertaste: 3.5 – Aside from the small kick of which is mostly burn the aftertaste sort of falls flat and has something off to it. The lingering aftertaste isn’t great either.
Burn/Smooth: 3.5 – This has a burn that isn’t on it’s how completely terrible, but because it comes in-between the tastes it makes it hard to enjoy and by definition not smooth to drink.
Aroma: 7.0 – That smells quite frankly – delicious. I am not a cognac man, and I know there are more complex and flavorful smells out there, but still.
Manliness: 6.5 – Well I do like the shape of the bottle and the fact that it has a dog on it. As well, because they haven’t written a novel of lies on the back I can just accept this VS cognac for what it is. Good but still too young perhaps.
W/ Rocks: 8.0 – In as plain words as I can muster – “Holy shit, that’s where you fucken hiding.” Honestly though that smell from before – that sense of “I want to drink this” I had thought was a sham, but no – add a single ice cube and you get some actual cognac. I was seriously anticipating putting this in a decanter and forgetting it, but now I worry I’ll kill the thing in 2 weeks time. I will admit I have had better, and that the higher score is more an ‘improvement’ instead of actual standing, but damn.
Value: 6.5 – I got this admittedly for quite a few bucks less; however despite how well this does on ice – unless I can find it at the price I got, I don’t think I would call this great value. However I would buy it over Courvoisier, which even at normal price this is cheaper.
Google Shop Average: $27
Metric Score: 39/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.57 |+| Reviewer Average: 6.0
Final Thoughts: Listen I will be the first to loudly proclaim to the wind as they drag me away to be shot that “terroir” is bunk and that grapes taste better not because of dirt or region, but because of type and weather. However from what we’ve reviewed so far it is fair to say that the Cognac regionning of brandies has actually created a difference that’s notable.