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Double-Matured Cognac: A New Trick for an Old Eau-de-Vie

Cognac must be aged in oak barrels for at least two and a half years to earn the denomination Cognac, according to strict BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) rules. However, where the oak comes from is no longer specified in those regulations. Whisk(e)y-makers have chosen to “finish” their libations in second-hand barrels, and now, Cognac-producers have followed suit. By selecting different oaks from the traditional Limousin and Tronçais, as well as different barrels which have been used in other...
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Build Your Own Cognac Bar

So you want to create your own Cognac bar at home. A place to wow your guests, or perhaps a cozy area where you can just kick back and relax. And, if you’re going to do this, then it deserves to be done right! And hey, that doesn’t necessarily mean spending out a fortune (although this, of course, depends on your Cognac tastes). But more about that later. First of all, what do we actually mean by a ‘Cognac Bar’?...
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Hennessy VS Limited Edition: JonOne Modern Art

The latest Edition by Hennessy by artist JonOne has just been released! Sign up and get an alert once Hennessy JonOne is available for sale. Hennessy are really doing a great job with their limited edition series of art-inspired packaging of their classic VS Cognac. And the latest collaboration is with the street artist, JonOne. This is a limited edition, so it’s sure to sell out soon. You can get your hands on a bottle in our online shop–once they’re gone, they’re gone!...
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2017 Cognac Awards: Best Cognacs according to the industry experts

It’s that time of year when the judges get their heads together in a variety of different wine and spirit competitions to award the outstanding products of the year. And of course, Cognac is among them. We’ve taken the results from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the World Cognac Awards, and the Cognac Masters and come up with a list of Cognacs that the expert taste buds of the esteemed judges saw fit to present with their top awards. Of course,...
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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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What is Cognac

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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 age specific rating. The most common ratings are VS Cognac, VSOP Cognac and XO Cognac. But what does this actually mean? And what about blending - how does that work? Get an overview of every Cognac age category in our online shop. Let's start at the beginning by discovering exactly what these terms actually mean: VS Cognac: This stands for 'Very Special' Alternatively, ✯✯✯ (three stars), means exactly the same...
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