Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cognac Review: Rémy Martin XO

Rémy Martin XO
"XO" stands for 'extra old.'  Specifically, no eau-de-vie (distilled wine) making up this spirit is less than 10 years old.  In fact, Rémy Martin XO is comprised of eau-de-vie that ranges from 10yrs - 37yrs and is a blend of 400 eau-de-vie, which has been aged in French oak.

Natural cork.




Production Note
85% Grande Champagne eau-de-vie.

Nose (undiluted)
Complexity abounds with notes of raising, red wine, saddle leather, dry leaves, roses and peonies.

Palate (undiluted)
Smooth, rich entry of strawberries, orange spice, vanilla, dark plums and a little Canadian maple sugar.

Finish (undiluted)
Good length leaving mellow cinnamon, cardamom tea, drying oak.

General Impressions
As one of my viewers astutely pointed out, Scotch whisky and other whisky fans are probably going to find the flavor profile of cognac rather muted.  It is less, how shall we say, spicy and vibrant than single malts and say other whiskies like bourbon.  So, adjust your expectations if you want to try Cognac.  It is much smoother.

That being said, it is enjoyable and is a big step up from the VSOP level.  This spirit is balanced, dry, and profoundly drinkable, especially when paired with dark chocolate or a great cigar.


Jason Debly