Soon it’s November and it is getting cold outside. At least in France. And Christmas and New Years is building up. This is why we came up with a Top 7 list for winter cognacs: For the end of 2011 and of course the beginning of 2012. This articles is not yet our New Years and Christmas list with present ideas or highly rare and expensive cognacs – that one is still to come.

Winter List 2012 Sweet Cognacs

The price range of this list is from € 20 to € 100, so if you would like to buy a “winter-cognac” for New Years or Christmas then have a look at some rather sweet and caramel-driven cognacs.

In winter we like rather sweeter things such as cookies, a good rum with sugar and milk and all kind of things.

1. Remy Martin Coeur de Cognac

A rather sweet cognac with lots of fruits. Price tag: 68 €
Learn more about vsop-cognac/remy-martin-vsop-cognac-coeur-de-cognac-fine-champagne” target=”_self”>Rémy Martin Coeur de Cognac

2. Gautier XO Pinar Del Rio Cigar Cognac

A caramel intense cognac that goes well with a cigar. Price tag: 85 €
Read details about Gautier XO Cigar Cognac

3. Jules Gautret VSOP Cognac

This young cognac, a VSOP from Jules Gautret is a rather sweet cognac, with hints of caramel. The price tag is 35 €.

Read more about Jules Gautret VSOP

4. Hennessy VSOP Fine de Cognac and Tea

Spiced tea and VSOP Cognac from Hennessy. A good winter mix. The price of a Hennessy Fine de Cognac with cocktails recepies « Fine de Cognac & Thé » is at 45 €, if you want the carafe decanter limited edition with an infuser by Mathieu Lehanneur you’d need to pay 250 €.

Learn more about Hennessy Fine de Cognac and tea special edition.

5. Cognac Salignac VS Cognac

A very young Cognac, where the youngest cognac in the blend is at least 2 years old. The cognac presents quite some caramel notes on the nose and on the palate – at a very competitive price: 18 – 25€.
Read more about Cognac Salignac VS

6. Prunier XO Très Vieille Grande Champagne

Fruity and sweet, old cognac from a traditional cognac house of Prunier. This XO cognac is a pure Grande Champagne blend. Price tag: 90 €

Read more about this XO from Prunier.

7. Birkedal Hartmann Halfdan Gammel Cognac

A rather sweet, extra old cognac – with a solid and reasonable punch. Presents a good harmony. Price is at a fair 65 €
Read more about Birkedal Hartmann’s Halfdan Gammel Cognac

We forgot a cognac? Do you have a suggestion for a “winter-cognac” ? Please comment and join the discussion.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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    When I think of rich, sweet, holiday-appropriate cognacs, I think of Louis Royer XO.

    It is maybe the richest I’ve tried and among the more delicious I’ve smelled. On the bouquet I get a rich sweetness, like the caramel liquid in a flan overlapping with vanilla. By the end of the glass that has morphed into an almost syrup-like aroma. On the palate I get a brown sugar flavor accompanied by that same vanilla from the bouquet. There’s also a flavor note I’ve never quite been able to identify. It’s a sweetness almost vegetal, like molasses. Haven’t quite figured it out yet. But if I were serving something to holiday guests, it would probably be this. I imagine it going well with rich sweets and spiced cakes and other baked goods. It is sweet in a distinct and memorable way, perfect for a holiday cognac. I also find it softer than most I’ve tried, which makes it more accessible and easy-drinking for holiday tipplers who might not otherwise be familiar with cognac and just want to have something special with/after dessert. It’s more memorable in my opinion than comparably priced XOs from the major houses.

    I was also going to recommend Martell Cordon Bleu as something sweet and holiday-appropriate that people in the USA will be able to find more easily than most of the above. I just re-tasted it though and am not finding quite the same things I found in prior tastings. But that may just be because I’m a bit out of practice. Or maybe now that I’m lower down in the bottle and the stuff has been sitting exposed to more air, it has changed. Originally I was getting a rich, sweet, fruitcakey impression, with vanilla and spice on the exhale. I also got a kind of marzipan pastry note. Taken together, those things make for a particularly cozy cognac for the holidays. I’ve never gotten the floral Borderies notes people talk about with this one, unless violets happen to smell like pastry, that is. I’m not sure quite what I’m tasting now. Definitely good, but less specifically characteristic than I remember.

    And while these are sweeter cognacs that seem more holiday-like, I have to give a shout out to my favorite – Delamain Pale and Dry XO – for another reason. If you’re eating lots of holiday goodies that are already sweet themselves, it might be nice to pair them with something not as sweet as a counterpoint. The sublime, refined, dry perfection of Pale and Dry fits the bill there. It says to me perfect contentment as the last serene element of a lovely holiday evening. Worth it at twice the price.

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