Posted on 16 June 2012.
Cognac is named after the region of the same name located in France. The liquor is made from fruit brandy called eaux-de-vie. The drink is a white wine which goes through 2 distillations.
This article examines the top most popular 10 cognac brands on the market today. Wherever possible it adds details of recommended drinks that one should try. The rank is determined by price, luxury, prestige and awards.
Jan Hennessy & Co (Hennessy) is one of the world’s leading cognac producers, founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy. In 1987, it merged with Louis Vuitton, making it one of largest luxury conglomerates in the world. The product is now popular amongst young adults, especially those who enjoy listening to hip hop. Artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac Shakur all made references to the brand in their songs.
Recommended Drink: Hennessy Black is a drink that Hennessy is proud of. It’s supposed to be mixed and never drunk straight. It targets the African American population and is associated with clubs, dances and music. There are various launch parties specific to that drink. Be forewarned as it a bit more expensive than other cognacs.
Taste: If you’re wondering about the taste? The taste makes your nose fresh and easy. Your taste buds may feel the slight pinch of honey, ginger, jasmine and floral hints. The drink will be smooth on the palate.
2. Rémy Martin:
The company has been producing cognac since 1724. The brandy was originally produced by Rémy Martin, a French winemaker and is now owned by Remy Contreau. The company is known for its fine champagne cognacs (eaux-de-vie). The category is known to be the highest in the quality of cognac production.
Recommended Drinks: Rémy Martin XO Excellence. It is a mixture of over 300 eaux-de-vie and smaller champagne spirits. The eaux-de-vie is aged in oak casks for 10-37 years. It has won many awards, including 2008 gold in World Spirits competition and 2010 Silver in International Wine and Spirit Competitions
Taste: The drink may smell like a bouquet of flowers, rich in vanilla. You may also taste brioche, orange and dark fruit when drinking it. The finish is long and consistent.
This is one of my favorite cognac brands. It is not too expensive to buy, especially if you are looking for the VSOP kind. The brand is owned by Beam Inc. and is based in Jarnac, France. It was rumored to be the most favorite of Napoleon Banaparte.
Recommended Drinks: Courvoisier XO Impérial. This is extra old and is usually about 20-35 years old. It won many awards, including the 2008 gold award for World Sprits Competition and 2009 Silver International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Taste: This drink is noted for its balance of fruit and is very rounded. The drink may be a bit spicy.
4. Conjure Cognac:
The idea was brought forth by hip hop star Ludacris and fourth generation cognac producer. The product is modern and successful. The taste is smooth and the product is mixable. The sales are increasing with popularity in the United States and Norway. Mostly younger generations drink this.
There is no specific drink that is good. The brand is modern and deserves to be on the list for this specific reason. Their label is still developing and still young. Over the past few years its drinks have won over 60 awards, including in 2006 the Gold award for Excellende in Craftsmanship at the International Spirit Challenge in 2010.