Courvoisier XO Imperial: Bottle review

Courvoisier XO Imperial is quite a rich Cognac with some clear orange and steady vanilla notes.

Buy for $ 182.88

Courvoisier XO Imperial is available in a lot of online stores, liquor shops etc.

The Courvoisier is a blend of Borderies, Petit Champagne and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie and it presents a real richness and length. The age of the Cognac lies between 20 and 35 years.

Tasting notes of the Courvoisier XO Imperial:

The color: dark caramel
On the nose: flowers, a slow rising of vanilla, nutmeg and orange fruit
The taste: Quite rounded and smooth with hints of orange, vanilla and perhaps a hint of creme brulee, amber
The finish: long, stable finish – the slight sweetness remains – basically quite mellow
The origin: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, Borderies
The age: a blend of 20 to 35 years old eaux-de-vie
Price is about 50€ to  100€

If one would like to compare it to the Remy Martin XO, this Cognac is perhaps a bit less complex and less woody and a bit less masculine than the Hennessy XO »”>Hennessy XO. The Courvoisier XO would be somehow between the Hennessy and the Remy. The Remy Martin XO is also sweeter than the Courvoisier XO.

In 1994, this cognac was named the “Best Cognac in the World” at an international spirits competition.

The Courvoisier XO bottle is original and appeared in the video of Busta Rhymes “Pass the Courvoisier”.

Buy for $ 182.88

Comments (6)

  1. Michael June 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I use to drink red wine for many years
    But my colleague told me about cognac
    Finally we had a party and I tasted cognac – Hennesy vs

    Amazing now I don’t like the taste of red wine,

    Immediately drove 35 miles to buy Hennessey cognac , which was on sale

    Cognac is the best far better than just red wind

  2. floyd July 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have the very same experience…

  3. Perry December 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Courvoisier is a good cognac and always seems to be lost after Remy and Hennessy. It is usually a bit cheaper because they do not spend as much money on marketing as Remy or Hennessy (LVMH!)

    As for Michael who likes Hennessy VS, well that is for teenagers to drink. Though maybe you only like $10 bottles of wine so you don’t know any better. For everyone else, please try XO or better. VS and VSOP is meant for mixing and I even mix XO but you can drink it neat too.

  4. Filter April 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

    This was my second XO cognac fully consumed and it tasted excellent. Unbelievable aftertaste and pretty long finish. It fills my mouth so full with smooth vanilla. The longer it gets air, the better it tastes. It truly is good! I just ordered Ancestrale Pierre de Segonzac. Hope to get good tastes there too!

  5. bernie goldstein November 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    What is the difference between Courvoisier’s XO and XO Imperial

  6. Max (Cognac-Expert.com) November 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Bernie, we think it’s the same or at least a very comparable blend, with different packaging. Have you tasted both cognacs?

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