Tag Archives: BNIC

The Difference Between Cognac And Brandy

It’s a question that’s been asked many a-time; What’s the difference between Cognac and Brandy. So here’s a simple explanation to easily understand why the two are different. Is it Cognac? Or is it brandy? The first thing to understand is this: ‘All Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac’. Or, to put it another way, Cognac is a specific type of brandy. So what makes Cognac different? Well, it boils down to a variety of aspects, as follows: 1. Cognac...
Read More

Why is Cognac Called Cognac?

If you know your Cognac, then you’ll already know the answer to this question. But despite massive leaps forward in the global recognition stakes, a lot of confusion still surrounds the term 'Cognac’. Here is the definitive guide as to why Cognac is called Cognac. In addition, we’ll talk about the Cognac vs. brandy debate. In order to understand the first question, it’s necessary to have a little comprehension about this too. Cognac: It’s a place… And a drink And to add...
Read More

XO Cognac Age Classification Increased to 10 Years

We have to say, when it comes to Cognac, nothing ever happens quickly. So when the BNIC first mooted the change to the age classification of the XO quality of Cognac back in the year 2011, it’s taken a while to come to fruition. But the change is now imminent, meaning that as from 01 April 2018, an XO Cognac will have to be aged for a minimum of 10 years. And in the case of a blend, this means...
Read More

Harvest is over in Cognac: A complicated Year

Harvesting grapes to make Cognac surely can't be rocket science. You simply wait for the grapes to reach their optimum level, then get out there and pick them? Nothing could be further from the truth. Ensuring that hundreds (or thousands) of hectares of vines are harvested at exactly the right time–let alone being able to check all the individual parcels of vineyards–is something that requires an expert eye, in-depth knowledge, and the odd prayer to the weather gods! Harvesting grapes is...
Read More

The 24 Most Incredible Cognac Decanters You Have Ever Seen

After having skipped a year, the "La Part des Anges" auction is back with an amazing line up of cognacs on offer. The 10th edition of the charity gala dinner will take place on September 22nd, 2016. A total of 24 carafes and blends (most of them unique) have been donated by various cognac houses to be sold at the charity auction. The event is organized by the Interprofession du Cognac (the National Cognac Board), the BNIC. We've been there...
Read More

Most read in BNIC

Sorry. No data so far.