Fancy a walk on the dark side? Yeah, us too… So come with us—we’ll hold your hand if you like—as we take a foray into the world of dark Cognacs. Yes, we’re heading to a place where the lights have gone out, demons might play, and the intense flavors and aromas don’t so much sparkle in the candlelight as cackle in the shadows. Welcome to the dark side with these black Cognac bottles

Are you brave enough to discover the dark world of Cognac?

Let’s face it, one of the marketing ploys for most Cognacs is the fact that you can SEE the beautiful nectar within the bottle. So decanters where the color black has been embraced are few and far between. Or are they?  There might be more than you think. 

Take a look at this collection—a sultry gang who certainly hit the spot when the need arises for your Cognac to truly make a statement…

1. Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac

Sporting broody good looks, if the Camus Extra Dark and Intense was a person we think he’d (it’s surely a “he”) be the ultimate goth. Don’t under-estimate quite how good this handsome fellow really is, because, darkly mesmerizing looks aside, the Cognac itself is also something really quite special. You don’t have to take our word for it either, as it’s been the recipient of multiple industry awards.

The wonderfully brooding Camus Dark and Intense

Discover more about the Camus Extra Dark and Intense Cognac.

2. Courvoisier VS Limited Edition Black Pack Cognac

This limited run flew off the shelves when the collaboration with the prime South African artistic talent of the CVCollective, Nadia Nakai, Prince Kaybee, and Yanga Chief, was launched. The Cognac giant also created some bespoke cocktails to go with this classic VS, namely the Black Fleur, Black Sidecar, and Black Ginger.

Courvoisier’s VS Limited Edition Black Pack was a sell out

Find out more about the Courvoisier VS Limited Edition (including how to make the above-mentioned cocktails.

3. D’Usse XO Cognac

This has got to be bling at its finest, not to mention a much-loved Cognac the world over. When the might of Bacardi teamed up with Jay-Z the result was always going to be a force to be reckoned with. The gleaming black XO followed hot on the heels of the successful VSOP, and we’re surprised the bottle can even stand upright it’s been bestowed so many industry awards.

Could it be any darker? The chilling look of D’Usse XO

Fall in love with the darkly handsome D’Usse XO.

4. Hennessy Black Cognac

This bottle doesn’t so much stand out as glower with its shimmering black and silver looks. The perfect Cognac for mixing, parties, and general all-round merriment, this VS is a hit with the younger, hip crowd.

You’ll certainly be a party favourite if you turn up with the eye-catching Hennessy Black

Embrace the dark and mysterious world of Hennessy Black.

5. Deau Black Cognac

Now we’re talking… A Cognac from one of our favorite houses, who can fail to be impressed by the sleek good looks of this decanter? Another multiple award winner, this Fine Champagne blend is delightfully floral, beautifully aged (it’s an XO), and so named because of the color of the tasting glasses used by the Master Blender when he chooses the eau-de-vie that make up the blend.

The simply stunning presentation that is Deau Black

Discover more about the incredible Cognac that is Deau Black.

6. Larsen Viking Ship Black Pearl Cognac

The classic decanter in Larsen’s Viking Ship series takes a walk on the dark side with the Black Pearl iteration. This true collector’s item contains an elegant Fine Champagne blend and was offered in a strictly limited edition. Those who were lucky enough to get their hands on it surely display the bottle with pride.

A striking collector’s Cognac

Find out more about the Larsen Viking Ship Black Pearl and all the others in Larsen’s range.

7. Bowen XO Gold’n Black Cognac

Whilst not as bold with its embracement of the black theme as the others on the list, the Bowen XO Gold’n Black deserves its place thanks to the unique and innovative presentation. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that this is a striking decanter—and we can tell you that the contents aren’t half bad too…!

The aptly named Gold’n Black by Bowen

Discover more about the XO blend that is Bowen’s Gold’n Black.

8. Premium Cognac Advent Calendar – Limited Edition by Cognac Expert

What could be more mysterious than a beautifully packaged black box containing an exciting range of Cognacs to blind taste? Because that’s exactly what you get with our Premium Cognac Advent Calendar. 24 days of Cognac (each bottle is 30ml in size), a free snifter glass with which to taste them, an exclusive daily video, and a sealed envelope courtesy of Sophie and Max that reveals what’s in each and every bottle.

The exciting limited edition Cognac Expert Premium Advent Calendar

They’re selling fast, so if you want to be part of the party (or give the most wonderful present on Christmas day to the Cognac aficionado in your life) then head over to our shop to find out more about the Premium Cognac Advent Calendar – Limited Edition by Cognac Expert.

9. Lheraud Vintage 1973 Bons Bois Cognac

This wonderful vintage is presented in a deliciously mysterious black matte bottle and presentation case—a perfect combination that hides the wonders of the amber nectar nestling within. The eau-de-vie hails from the Bons Bois terroir, one of the least known (and definitely underappreciated) of all the Cognac growth regions. This is an offering that’ll certainly appeal to the connoisseurs, and to anyone who’s looking to expand their repertoire into the wonderful world of Cognac.

Lheraud have chosen darkly brooding bottles in which to present their vintage series

Discover more about the Lheraud Vintage 1973 Bons Bois. And if you don’t fancy the 1973? Well, there’s plenty of other vintages to choose from.

10. Meukow VS 90 Cognac

Meukow certainly knew what they were doing when they teamed their iconic pouncing panther with the gleaming black of this instantly recognizable decanter. It’s striking looks are only matched by the contents—a surprisingly smooth VS that marries beautifully with a cocktail or over ice.

The black panther bottle of Mekow 90

Find out more about the Meukow VS 90.

Come over to the dark side for your next choice of Cognac

So there you have it, 10 Cognacs with a dark-side touch that, we think you’ll agree, certainly make a striking statement. Different in looks from your regular Cognac bottles and decanters, if you’re looking for a quirky angle on a great Cognac, then these sultry black bottles are right on target. So go on—embrace the darkness, close your eyes, and dive into the mysterious world of black Cognacs. 

We think you’ll be glad you did…

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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