When it comes to the best Cognacs, it’s not always about the ‘biggest’ or the most expensive. Indeed many of our favorite Cognac brands are some that are from the smaller houses, or ones that certainly don’t require you to max out your credit cards to be able to own.
Check out the following list that we put together (first in 2011, and then again in 2016) that showcase some of our best XO Cognacs for the money, and also those Cognacs by brands that our readers favor.
N.B. This article shows a list of best Cognacs we put together some years ago. The latest list of Best XO Cognacs can be found here.
What we did in our 2011 list was to showcase the 10 best XO Cognacs, many of which were the most popular XO bottles purchased. We did this by collecting available data. But does this really mean they are the best XO cognacs to buy? This was our mission, and you can find out more using the data-driven approach as detailed below.
The best Cognacs revealed
We looked at a lot of data! As we wanted to be sure that we included the most popular XO Cognacs, we used different parameters, such as social media appreciation & sharing, returning visitors and visits – and then we created a little formula.
You should also note that this evaluation is not just about the taste, but about the product as a whole (elements such as design and price, as well as the all-important taste, play a role). So, taking all this into account, this is what our readers tend to prefer.
Please note: This list does not reflect our personal opinion (even though these are good Cognacs).
You can buy almost all of the bottles below via our Cognac online shop.
A sweet bottle from a great producer. Fine Champagne, offers good value for money.
A flagship from one of the top 4 Cognac producers: A classic.
Camus’ love for Borderies XO seems to be shared by Cognac-Expert readers. A specific taste, presented in a retro-style bottle.
Fussigny’s stylish decanter presents a Fine Champagne Cognac – we were quite surprised to find this one in the top 5.
Rémy Martin XO “1st Cru” stands for pure Grande Champagne and beats its Fine Champagne brother.
Learn more about this Cognac. Unfortunately, this bottle is not available right now, but you can be notified when it comes into stock by clicking on the link in the product description.
Martell’s simplistic & lovely bottle with a masculine Cognac. We must say we like this one: Cordon Bleu.
Courvoisier’s Imperial, well known all over the world from the Busta Rhymes music video – a blend of both Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie.
Rémy Martin‘s Fine Champagne XO, beaten by its 1st cru brother.
And that’s the lot! Now, you may well be thinking, wait a moment, this can’t be true! Where’s my favourite Cognac? Surely it deserves to be on the ‘Best XO Cognac’ list? As we said, the list is data and product driven – so there are some great XO Cognacs that haven’t made the top 10 for one reason or another.
But never fear, because you can check out our complete list of all XO Cognacs. Or drop us a comment – we’d love to hear about your favorites.