Cognac named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.
As an Appellation d'origine contrôlée, in order to bear the name Cognac, the production methods for the distilled brandy must meet specified legal requirements. It must be made from certain grapes; of these, Ugni Blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the most widely used variety today. It must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement, because cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in a barrel.
My 3 cognac recommendations:
Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne (5 of 5)
The artistry behind the blending of this complex cognac brings out its signature old port, prune, and orange blossom notes. The maturity of the blends from the Grande and Petite Champagne crus, matured up to 20 years, has made Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac the classic reference for connoisseurs.
No Systembolaget: Not available
Cost: Around 700 SEK
Packaging: 750 ml
Delamain Vesper Aged 35 years (5 of 5)
Some say that this is one of the worlds best Cognac brands and provides the Rolls Royce of Cognac to its drinkers. Ageing for 35 years in barrels gives this cognac its golden-amber hue. It has a bouquet of ripe fruit, herbs, spices and dry wood, incredibly smooth with a very, very long finish.
No Systembolaget: 86646
Cost: 989 SEK
Packaging: 700 ml
Grönstedts XO Cognac (3,5 of 5)
It is very rare to sell great value prices of XO cognac around the world, however if anyone has done a good cognac for a great price then it is Grönstedt. There is also a Christmas edition that sells out every year.
No Systembolaget: 242
Cost: 349 SEK
Packaging: 500 ml