Cognac Choices

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  1. PJ62

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    A local liquor emporium, is having a clearance sale, and I stopped by this morning to check out their stock. Decided I want to try a nice cognac for my evening dram. I was given a bottle of Ferrand Ambre many years ago and was very impressed at the time, but haven't followed cognac since then. In my price range(sale price around $50/750ml), they have AE Dor VSOP, Kelt VSOP and Maison Park Borderies. Which of those should I get, and why?
     

     

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  2. Descartridge

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    Try Remy Martin
     
  3. PJ62

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    I was leaning towards brands that are not commonly carried everywhere, so wanting to avoid the Big 4......they did have a very good price on Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal though......
     
  4. spartanmanor

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    Not Cognac per se but I would highly recommend Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole. Having visited the distillery in Martinique I am pretty much hooked on their output.

    Here is a review from the San Francisco Chronical: "Gentle and oaky, with deep vegetal quality and long, woody finish, this aged sugarcane-based Rhum Agricole bears more resemblance to Cognac or a single-malt than to aged molasses-based rums."

    Agricole is not rum made from molasses but rhum straight from the sugar cane.
     
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  5. PJ62

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    Unfortunately this store doesn't carry that particular brand, thus wouldn't be on sale. They don't have a huge cognac selection, I only wrote down the 3 that seemed most interesting to try in the price range I was comfortable with.
     
  6. toxcrusadr

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    Sounds like no one has tried any of them. You might have to flip a coin and let us know how it turns out!

    Any online reviews?

    I've been making some of my own here...probably not as good as that stuff, for sure. :cool:
     

     

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  7. tnmike1

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    Check out the website proof66. They review all things alcohol with customer opinions as well. Use it all the time to check out reviews.
     
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  8. PJ62

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    Thanks for that website TnMike, that was interesting to peruse. :beerchug:

    For those curious souls out there, I bit (drank?) the bullet and bought these 2. Hope to crack one this weekend and see if I chose wisely.....

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  9. toxcrusadr

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    Just the boxes look droolworthy. I wish this thing had taste-o-vision!
     
  10. for_p1

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    Just a bit higher than your price, but try this one https://www.wineanthology.com/p-4964-ararat-20-year-old-nairi-brandy.aspx You won't be disappointed. This is top of the line (if you do not consider exclusive pre- Second World War vintages).

    Another interesting option is here https://www.masterofmalt.com/rum/ron-zacapa/ron-zacapa-centenario-sistema-solera-23-rum/ It will give run for the money to many old whiskey or brandy.
     
  11. MaxxVolume

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    Not a cognac, but a very tasty brandy for the price....

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  12. Delta17

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    I like Belle de Brillet, pear cognac. smooth, and delicious.
     
  13. botrytis

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    Cognac can only come from the Cognac region of France, like Champagne. There are good brandys made all over the world. Might I suggest some Apple Brandy - St. George Reserve Apple Brandy
     
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    Can’t get this in the US but I bought this on a cruise for a nice price:

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    Hennessy Pure White is very smooth with lots of vanilla and just a *touch* of alcohol burn. Floral nose. Bought for almost half price.
     

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