Awards for Best Cognacs 2012: Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Some people just do not like spirits competitions, awards and challenges, some think competitions and awards can be quite useful.

You can of course discover cognac brands yourself, have a look at our cognac brand list.

Or, you might want to have a look at the results of the “Ultimate Spirits Challenge” 2012.

Best Cognacs 2012?

Are these cognacs really the best in 2012? Well, that’s hard to say because taste is simply a very subjective and personal thing, and after all, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge is just one out of several competitions.

Let’s have a brief look at the winners of the Brandy (Cognac is Brandy but not every Brandy is Cognac) category:

  • ARMAGNAC: Delord 1978
  • CALVADOS: Calvados Drouin 25 Years Old
  • COGNAC: Frapin Château Fontpinot XO, read more about Frapin’s Fontpinot XO
  • GRAPPA: Jacopo Poli Sarpa Barrique
  • PISCO: Pisco Porton
Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

The Cognac Awards

This is how the cognac ratings work:

95-100 points: Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 points: Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 points: Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 points: Good, Recommended

Chairman’s Trophy

97 points:  Frapin Château Fontpinot XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 41% abv, $90.00, 750 ml Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

The Cognac Finalists

96 Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac France, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation, learn more about Martell Cordon Bleu

Martell XO  Cognac

94 Camus Extra Elegance Cognac France, 40% abv, $400.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended, learn more about Camus Extra Elegance

Camus Hors d'Age  Extra Elegance Cognac

94 Francois Voyer XO Gold Cognac France, 40% abv, €100.00, 750 ml , Excellent, Highly Recommended (Francois Voyer XO Gold is seeking a US importer), read more about Francois Voyer XO Gold

Francois Voyer XO   Cognac

94 Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Cognac France, 40% abv, $800.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended, read more about Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Cognac

Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale  Cognac

94 Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac France, 45% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended, read more about Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula

Pierre Ferrand VS  Cognac

93 Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac France, 40% abv, $43.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended, learn more about Camus VSOP Elegance

Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac

93 Martell XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended, read more about Martell XO Cognac

Martell XO Extra Old Cognac

93 Normandin-Mercier Prestige Cognac Fine Champagne France, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

Read more about the house of Cognac Normandin-Mercier

 

“The Others”

And here are the other cognacs that didn’t make it in the top list, below 93 points. You will find all these cognacs in either our brand list or in the overall cognac list, with all products in one list.

92 Delamain Pale & Dry XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended

92 Garde Marine Extra XO Cognac France, 40% abv, RUB3500.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent, Highly Recommended

92 Landy XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $119.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

92 Landy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

91 Camus Ile de Re Fine Island Cliffside Cellar Cognac France, 40% abv, $95.00, 750 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

89 Camus Ile de Re Fine Island Double Matured Cognac France, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

89 Camus Ile de Re Fine Island Cognac France, 40% abv, $47.00, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

89 Jean Fillioux La Pouyade Cognac France, 42% abv, $64.00, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

89 Landy VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

88 Distillerie du Peyrat Rare Organic Cognac France, 40% abv, $63.00, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

88 Louis Royer “Force 53″ VSOP Cognac Fine Champagne France, 53% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good, Strong Recommendation

If you would like to learn more about one of these cognacs, check out our list of cognac brands.

Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger

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2 Responses

#1 Olivia on Nov 3, 2012, says:

I’m pairing a tableside Banana’s Foster with cognac…..upscale top dollar menu. What are your recommendations?

#2 Anon on Feb 6, 2013, says:

No louise?

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