Grönstedts releases Christmas XO Cognac “Noel” for the 2013 holidays, as reported by Cognacsociety.

Okay, so it’s now December so we can officially begin to get excited about Christmas. The trees are practically bereft of their autumn splendor, most of us in the Northern hemisphere have had the heating on at least once or twice, and no doubt you’ve had to delve into your winter woolies wardrobe to wrap up against the oncoming cold weather.  (Apologies to those of you from warmer climes, but as you mooch about in shorts and t-shirts you can spare a thought for us bracing ourselves for the onslaught of Jack Frost…)

But enough of the weather, because the latest Christmas cognac from the house of Gronstedts is more than enough reason to celebrate the start of the festive season.

In a tradition that’s now in its eighth year, the Finnish brand has today released their Grondsteds Noel 2013 XO, a blend of Grande champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies eaux-de-vie.  The house is also famous for various other special releases, such as their National Marriage 2010 Cognac, launched to celebrate the wedding between Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling.

So, what does the Gronsteds Noex XO 2013 cognac taste like?  Well, Gronstedts Master Blender, Stefan Martensson, says that the aroma is that of dried fruts, nuts – in particular toasted almonds – with an orangey sweetness to round it off.  And the delightful amber hue will look wonderful when reflecting flames from a roaring log fire…

The cost of a 50o ml bottle is 399 Swedish Krona (around 45 Euros).

Discover more about Gronstedts Cognac here.


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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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