Best XO Cognacs for 2016: A Top 10 Family Tasting
Just to let you know: This is an independent tasting. We have not received any fees from Cognac brands or producers.
We did an extensive tasting with XO Cognacs, in the French countryside. The tasting team consisted of Max and 3 members of our family. The goal was to identify the best 10 XO Cognacs from our cabinet for 2016. We tasted 24 different XOs, and only the 10 best made it onto the list. From Martell Cordon Bleu to Drouet – enjoy!
It’s been a while since we posted our last XO Cognac Top 10 list – that was back in 2011. That particular list was based on popularity data.
However, this time we create a list based on taste alone. It was a completely blind taste test – we didn’t know the brand, and we didn’t see any packaging or bottles.
The best XO Cognacs for 2016
We rated our tasting results using a point system. This was based on the valuation averages of each member of the tasting team. These notes were structured, combining tasting aromas that were split into four general taste categories: Flower, Fruit, Wood, Spice. The ‘Smooth’ value is based on a 1-10 star rating. And here are the results…
96 points: Baron Otard XO
A surprising winner… We first tasted this Cognac some years ago during our Chateau de Cognac & Otard visit. We also took home a bottle – a bottle which somehow did not get as much attention in our cabinet as it should have. Baron Otard XO Gold is an extra old blend of Grande Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois eaux-de-vie.Buy & Info
Baron Otard XO received a 96 points rating by our tasting team.
94 points: XO Francois Voyer Cognac Gold
We tasted Voyer Gold XO for the first time in 2010. And in our independent taste test this is a worthy second place winner. ‘Gold’ is a pure Grande Champagne Cognac, a rich authentic delight from artisanal cognac producer, Francois Voyer.Buy & Info
Voyer’s Gold XO offers excellent value for money and has received many awards. Discover Voyer Gold Cognac.
93 points: Braastad XO Fine Champagne
This Braastad Cognac was not a regular resident of our cabinet until recently. It was only during last summer that our neighbor introduced us to this XO and we thought it was really well balanced, complex and rich. The blend consists of grapes from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne region of Cognac.Buy & Info
91 points: Cordon Bleu Martell Cognac
Martell Cordon Bleu is an absolute classic. A very spicy, masculine XO Cognac – in a beautiful bottle. In our opinion the best Martell bottle and one of the best XOs out there.Buy & Info
The Borderies eaux-de-vie in this Martell blend make the Cognac somewhat exotic: pepper-ish and complex. Discover Cordon Bleu.
90 points: De Luze XO Cognac
We’ve always liked this XO by De Luze. A Cognac that’s about 20 years old, and a typically mature Fine Champagne Cognac. This blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne makes up a great Cognac with dark fruit and spices, and delicious first hints of rancio.Buy & Info
And by the way, the bottle is really great too. An excellent all-round product that offers really good value for money. Discover De Luze XO.
87 points: Hennessy XO Cognac
Hennessy XO is, of course, one of the best Cognacs out there. Hennessy has a long tradition of dominating the race for the highest quality sources of eaux-de-vie. And the contracts it holds with top winegrowers and distillers guarantees first-class Cognac making. This Cognac is very round, no sharpness, and the spices are not too heavy. All in all, a very complete and balanced XO.Buy & Info
84 points: ABK6 XO Family Reserve Aged 10 Years
ABK6 XO Family Reserve is a Single Estate Extra Old Cognac from the Cognac producer, Domaines Abecassis, some 10 minutes away from our house in the region. This Family Reserve was aged for more than 10 years in oak barrels.Buy & Info
Discover ABK6 XO Family Reserve.
83 points: Louis Royer XO
A complex Cognac: masculine and rich with darker fruits. Royer’s XO is one of these very deeply mature Cognacs, with great hints of dark fruits – full of aromas with a long finish.Buy & Info
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81 points: Leopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats
The Léopold Gourmel XO Age du Fruit 10 Carat Cognac is an old XO Fin Bois Cognac. At 41 % ABV, it matches well after white wines, after white meat or fish – or even complements Asian kitchen. The Age Du Fruit is produed without additives, aged in un-toasted French oak casks, is never chill filtered – and there are certainly no artifial wood notes or the addition of caramel.Buy & Info
Discover Leopold Gourmel Age du Fruit Cognac.
80 points: Drouet & Fils XO Ulysse Grande Champagne
Drouet XO Cognac is a bottle that somehow slipped into the tasting, we had not planned to include it. But it was a fortunate addition to the tasting… This Grande Champagne Cognac is a round, deep-bodied experience – the team liked it.Buy & Info
We tasted 24 XOs in total. 4 persons participated, including Max. The scoring was solely on the nose, body and after taste. We hope you like our tasting results and find them useful.
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