We get asked: what is the best Cognac of 2010, 2011 or 2012? And what are the top Cognac brands in the world?
Is there a list, is there a rule, the best taste? Is the most expensive, the best Cognac? And what if you just buy the known bottles, are you sure to get a good one?
We can tell you: There isn’t a rule. The best Cognac is the one you like: Taste, design, culture and background determine preference. It plays all together and you must admit, if you go to the distiller and experience how it’s like, inhale the athmosphere – you’ll bound with that eaux-de-vie.
Discover the background of brands, distillers and traders. Have a look at all cognac brands - and discover yourself.
There are many cognac brands, many different cognacs. The big ones, the middle-sized ones and the small producers and distillers. Have a look at the Cognac Brands on Cognac-Expert.com – we almost have all of them listed.
Or, have a look at our list of all Cognacs bottles.
In our opinion, the most attractive Cognac comes from a small, private single estate distiller – a family business you get to know: Something special, hidden and unkown.
Also interesting are tasting competition and awards, their function of a neutral third party is important for the value of a cognac. Look at the articles on the competition in San Francisco 2010, and the International Spirits Challenge 2010, that might give you an idea.
Cognac Competition Categories
- Distillery of the Year
- Importer of the Year
- Best in Show, White
- Best in Show, Whisky
- Best in Show, Brandy
- Best in Show, Liqueur
- The best VS or Three Star, the best VSOP, the best XO and Hors d’age
- of course Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze
These cognac competitions can be helpful for some sort of orientation.