Readers Choice Cognacs: Jim Pearson
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So here we go, an article written by one of our readers about his favourite cognacs, Jim Pearson, a public school janitor living about 30km north of New Orleans. Cheers Jim, and many thanks for getting in contact.
How did you become familiar with cognac?
In 1974 I was a young soldier stationed in West Berlin when my daughter was born. Our German landlord shared a bottle of cognac with us in celebration. It was my first taste and the beginning of a long and much-enjoyed love affair with this wonderful spirit. Taste is subjective, but for me I have savoured almost every single sip. The adventure of finding new and different brands, reading interesting labels and touching beautiful and sometimes fanciful glassware adds to the pleasure.
For many years a close friend and I who both have birthdays at Christmas time have purchased a bottle of Remy Martin XO. It was, and is, a luxury for us and we would promise each and every time that we would only sample it on special occasions; and make it last the whole year. The bottle would be gone by New Year. We couldn’t resist.
Hine is another of my choices. A little better than the Remy and one that I bought whenever I could. Sadly, it is no longer available locally. The Vielle Fine Champagne was the oldest bottle I have opened. It was excellent and quite a find. I bought it via the Internet.
My first bottle of Martell was bought at a duty-free store on my way home from Korea. Perhaps that’s why Martell tastes “expensive“ to me, because I always feel like a Hong Kong high roller when I drink it. Higher end shops frequently have the Cordon Bleu, but the XO is to be found only around holiday periods. It’s a very sophisticated cognac.
One of my newer favourites, Pierre Ferrand is super smooth. The Selection des Anges and Ancestrale are exceptional. I was recently given a bottle of Abel, but I’ve not tasted it yet. Pierre Ferrand Cognac has become widely available locally and at competitive prices.
Another super good, super smooth, wonderful tasting cognac, although somewhat different to most other cognacs I have enjoyed. Perhaps this is down to the early landed aging process? My one wish is that it was less expensive. In the same way as Martell, the better qualities only appear on the shelves around the holidays.
Kelt Cognac makes a sea voyage before bottling. While as smooth as other brands, I find the taste more masculine – but not in a bad way. I do like this cognac, although I’m not sure I like paying for the extra mileage.