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What is Cognac Made Of?

There’s probably never been another drink in the history of the world that creates as much confusion as Cognac. One of the big questions is, what is Cognac actually made of? “Cognac? It’s brandy, isn’t it? And brandy’s made from–errr, some kind of fruit, right? Or is it potato? No, that’s vodka, I think? Or maybe it’s rice?” The team at Cognac Expert is happy to provide you with the definitive guide as to what Cognac is made of? So...
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Common (and rather uncommon) Cognac Aromas

The ‘nose’ of a Cognac is an integral part of what makes the enjoyment of the drink. But unless you’re an expert, it can be a challenge to know what you’re actually meant to be experiencing. Experts talk about various aromas, such as vanilla, citrus fruits, peach, caramel, vanilla, or tobacco. But for those of us whose senses aren’t quite as well tuned as those who inhale Cognac for a living, a little more guidance would be handy. Et voila! Cognac...
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Colour of Cognac: When Darker doesn’t always mean Older or.. Is Caramel E150a Evil?

Okay, so it’s generally accepted that the longer a Cognac ages, the darker the colour becomes.  And this happens as the tannins and colouring from the oak barrel gradually changes the colour of the eaux-de-vie within as time goes by. Read an article about Cognac  ageing. However, it seems that you can’t always go by the colour alone to determine the age of a Cognac.  And this is all down to a seemingly innocent little product known as a ‘caramelisation...
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To blend or not to blend? – Cognac Guide: Eaux-de-vie and Cellar Masters

Mac A Andrew's Cognac Guide Here the classic debate between tradition and economies continues. First of all, there are many producers who do not blend in the classical sense. This means they do not blend eaux-de-vie from different crus, so Grande Champagne is forever Grande Champagne and so on. What they might do is to blend eaux-de-vie from the same cru but from a different year or different vineyard. The purity of the cru is preserved and, in most cases, such...
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Martell Cordon Noir Napoleon Cognac: Adjusted Colour with Natural Caramel

You only knew about Cognac Martell Cordon Bleu? Well, here comes a bottle a reader owns, a Martell Cordon Noir Napoleon: "This bottle was found during a cleanup in the basement where I live. The cellar has not been used for at least 10 years. I can only find limited information about the bottle." (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or value – send us photos and information, ...
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