Product Type: Courvoisier Vodka
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Courvoisier Cognac VS
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Courvoisier Cognac VS
Date: 14/10/12, updated on 07/07/13 (144 review reads)
Advantages: Smooth satisfying cognac
My mother's favourite tipple is brandy and I have followed in her footsteps. I had my first taste of Courvoisier on a plane journey many years ago and it is now one of my favourites.
Courvoisier is a French cognac and this review is of the VS (Very Special) version. Courvoisier is made in Jarnac which is in the Cognac region of France and has been made there for over 200 years.
Cognac is a brandy that is distilled for at least 2 years and must use specific grapes distillation methods and barrels to be able to use the name Cognac.
Courvoisier is made from a blend of cognacs aged for up to eight years and it is claimed that this was Napoleons favourite whilst he was in exile.
The clear bottle contain Napoleons emblem to this day and once you unwrap the seal, simply pull out the stopper and pour into a glass. Courvoisier recommend serving this at room temperature and leave for a minute to allow it to release its aromas.
I don't actually like the taste of alcohol and generally use a mixer with everything and for those of you who think that it doesn't matter and you can use any old cognac if you do water it down , well my years of experience tell me it certainly does matter.
I also think that you need to drink out of a quality glass, preferably crystal as that adds to the experience. A nice brandy goblet or tumbler is a must for me.
What I really like about this Cognac is that I can drink this particular brand on its own as it tastes fruity and rich with a hint of oakiness a touch sweet and is really smooth and warming. A really lovely blend that delights the taste buds and oozes quality. A delight on first taste that warms your mouth instantly and then warms the back of the throat, with no harshness, a taste that lingers and develops as you drink this.
I usually add lemonade but no ice as I personally don't think this should be served cold unless you use it in a cocktail mix... Take care when you are drinking as it is 40% proof and so don't drive or try to do anything that involves heavy machinery sharp knives or fire as this has a high alcohol content and none of the aforementioned mix with strong booze.
25ml = I unit of alcohol which I guess is a very small measure.
I like to use this as a base for Champagne cocktails and a whole range of other cocktails, one of which involves Grand Marnier, fresh orange, crushed ice and cream, which sounds awful but is delicious.
Would I Recommend
Yes this is a Cognac that lives up to the name of Very Special as it has a unique taste that is fruity and wonderfully smooth. It smells gorgeous and as it makes that satisfying glug out of the bottle into the glass. a clear gorgeous amber liquid appears- but don't get carried away as this is very strong.
It is a definite winter warmer on its own or with a dash of lemonade and makes a super base for a champagne cocktail.
I sometimes have this with fresh orange and crushed ice for a change and even when I go all out with a cocktail concoction, you can really tell the difference when you use Courvoisier as a blend of quality ingredients always tastes better in my opinion.
A drink I associate with special occasions and Christmas as it oozes quality and tastes wonderful. But don't keep it for special occasions, indulge every now and again especially if you have a cold or I find this takes the edge off stomach pains, other aches and pains and toothache.
Not an everyday drink and one that I think deserves a special glass and seems to taste better if you are dressed to the nines.
The only downside for me is it can be quite difficult pronouncing the name when you order it after you have had a few!
£33 for a litre at Tesco but widely available and comes in smaller sizes and miniatures. Sometimes on offer so buy when it is a good price as it doesn't seem to go off if you only drink it at Christmas.
5 stars from me.
Summary: Perfect on its own but is great mixed with champagne
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