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The Ethnic Divide: Cognac in the U.S. (Market research)

Recent data from North American market research provider, Ipsos, has thrown an interesting shift in who’s enjoying cognac in the U.S. Historically it’s been black drinkers who’ve accounted for a large proportion of purchasers. But recently, and this is probably due to the concerted push of advertising by the cognac houses, white consumers are starting to increase their consumption of the spirit. In addition, the occasions when and where people are drinking cognac are shifting. From the traditional digestif through to...
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Max’s Visit to Le Baume de Bouteville

Well, this was a slightly different type of visit for me to make, because Le Baume de Bouteville is not a cognac house. It is, in fact, a creator of artisan French balsamique vinegar. So what on earth has that got to do with cognac? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. It was a funny turn of events that saw me being invited to visit this balsamique company. I was at the anniversary of Bache Gabrielsen Cognac event, and...
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Cognac Expo 2016 in Bergen, Norway

By Michelle Brachet What a truly amazing experience. This was my first visit to Bergen in Norway and the hospitality of everyone I met over the weekend was quite overwhelming. Not only is Bergen the most beautiful city on the water (apparently we were very lucky and blessed with blue skies and sunshine), but also the people of Bergen were warm and welcoming. Organised by Kjetil Hansen and Nils Henriksen, this was the 5th year for Cognac Expo and what an...
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The Smoothest Cognacs for Thanksgiving

Far smoother than the new President Elect, we've put together a dynamic list of cognacs that we've tried and found to be rather smooth.  So we'll update the list when we come across others that should be included.  If we've missed out a favorite of yours, let us know in the comments below. . So, what do we mean when we talk about a 'smooth' cognac.  Well, although it's a rather ambiguous term, in our opinion a cognac can be considered...
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Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal launches in Europe

Check out what Cognac-Expert's Michelle reviewed for you: Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal! Since 1724 and for five generations the House of Rémy Martin have created Fine Champagne cognacs that have been driven by the quest to capture the Heart of Cognac. Due to its success in the United States, Rémy Martin lovers will be very pleased to hear that 1738 Accord Royal has now reached Europe, where of course it was created in the first place. Cellar master Georges...
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Everything about VS, VSOP, XO, Napoléon Cognac. Learn about the different quality rating and the blending

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle has a different rating - and the most common of these are VS, VSOP and XO Cognac.  But what does this actually mean?  And what about blending - how does that work? Okay, so let's start at the beginning, and discover exactly what these (sometimes confusing) terms actually mean: VS Cognac: This stands for 'Very Special' or alternatively, ✯✯✯ (three stars) means exactly the same.  Cognacs of this quality...
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