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In 2012, Bacardi Limited launched the D’Ussé Cognac brand, whose spirits are produced at the famous Château de Cognac, which was founded in 1795 and is also the home of Baron Otard (another Bacardi-...
As the head of distilling and whisky creation for Glenmorangie , Bill Lumsden has been responsible for some extraordinary single malts finished in barrels that previously held something other than...
Since producing the world’s first commercially available absinthe in the early 19th century, Pernod has become practically synonymous with the green-colored spirit. In the United States, the high-...
Rarely in the world of Cognac has history repeated itself so dramatically as with the discovery and introduction of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, for this is only the second time in the 139-year history...
The Cognac region on the western edge of France is well known. After all, this is the only geographic area in the world where Cognac can legally be made. But what is not so well known is that just...
D’ussé , a new Cognac blended at the 200-year-old Chateau de Cognac, one of France’s oldest Cognac chateaux, launched in stores throughout New York this summer and will be available in select cities...
In 1997, the late Sidney Frank, a savvy spirits importer who practically made Jägermeister a household word, decided what the world needed next was a premium pot-distilled vodka made in France. Using...
Based on a 19th-century recipe, Cognac Ferrand’s new Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao Ancienne Methode is made with oils from the bitter Curaçao orange skin that is blended with clear brandy then combined...
It takes both confidence and pride to launch an hors d’age Cognac—especially one blended with eaux-de-vie ranging from 30 to 50 years—without any labels or other identifying markings on its crystal...
As the bucolic Charente River flows silently past the majestic Château Courvoisier, one would hardly guess that the musty Paradis cellars of this historic Cognac house sequester some of the oldest...
Louis XIII was originally registered by Paul-Emilee Rémy Martin on June 13, 1874, as Louis XIII, Âge Inconnu (Age Unknown). Since then, its age has become not only known, but legendary as a blend of...
Not since 1977, when Grand Marnier introduced the extraordinary Cent Cinquantenaire to commemorate its 150th anniversary, has the brand produced a liqueur as in-depth and haunting as Grand Marnier...
With its amber-gold eaux-de-vie (none of which are less than 30 years old), this is a robust yet elegant Cognac, full of chocolate, sherry, and toast. Named in 1972 for the grand-father of one of the...
This spirit, originally produced in the United States in the late 1800s, has been re-created in Bordeaux using a pressoir pneumatic maceration process that infuses orange peel, honey, blackberry,...
The last remnant of a bygone era, this Grande Champagne Ugni Blanc Cognac has held up remarkably well, reflecting its meticulous distillation in France by an all-woman workforce during World War I...
In France it is known as Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age. This 20-year-old XO is from a family-owned distillery in Gascony that dates from 1832. It is made by the founding family’s sixth generation,...
For years, this small, family-owned Cognac house has sold its prized eaux-de-vie to many of the larger companies for their most prestigious blends. But now certain "lots," as founder Abel Tesseron...
Since its founding in 1863, this Cognac house—the fifth-largest producer in the world—has remained family owned, with Cyril Camus, the fifth generation, now bringing it to America. The flagship...
This newly introduced Grande Champagne Cognac—part of the launch of the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection—is the first to declare an age statement on the bottle (as opposed to a vintage year). The...
The only female cellar master of a major Cognac house, Pierrette Trichet has a keenly honed sense of taste. In 2004 she took note of one particular barrel of Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac that...
After being distilled in a wood-fired copper alembic still in 1950 then aged in French oak for 60 years, the casks of this rare eau-de-vie were recently discovered outside the city of Cognac. Most of...
A small-batch vodka from Cognac, Jean-Marc XO is the creation of master distiller Jean-Marc Daucourt, who spent seven years developing the recipe; it utilizes four different French wheat grains and...
Tasting Notes Clean, vibrant, and smooth, thanks to a revived 1771 recipe that calls for 19 fresh botanicals, the most of any gin, including violet root, coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, almonds,...
Tasting Notes Le Voyage packs leather, musk, and cherry-strawberry perfume alongside gobs of ripe fruit, toasty wood, unctuous vanilla, and layers of spice. Worth Knowing The company celebrates its...
Tasting Notes This elegant grappa delivers sweet flavors of fig, apricot, and cinnamon, followed by a black-licorice finish. Worth Knowing Produced from the fruit of Luce della Vite (a joint venture...
Tasting Notes A sexy ginger nose and intense, sweet ginger flavor, accompanied by a touch of vanilla and definite alcoholic heat. This contemporary liqueur melds with a wide variety of cocktail...
Tasting Notes Lingers on the tongue with a sweet almond and herbal softness. Worth Knowing This vodka is pot-distilled nine times with four different types of French wheat. Note Prices are average...
Tasting Notes Black truffles, plums, and cinnamon. Worth Knowing Courvoisier is the only Cognac house to use their own, specially built and designed barrels to achieve their distinctive taste. Note...
Tasting Notes A kaleidoscopic montage of honeysuckle, peaches, myrtle, and wood bark. Worth Knowing This is a judicious blending of 1,200 different eaux-de-vie ranging from 40 to more than 100 years...
Tasting Notes Aromas of vanilla, cream, spiced flowers, and fruit precede a palate that blends flavors of passion fruit, ginger, nutmeg, and sandalwood. Worth Knowing This is a single-tiercon Cognac...

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