Bill Dowd photoIn just a few weeks, this new cognac will be on retail shelves. I had the opportunity to conduct an advance tasting.
• Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif:
From the shape of the bottle to the rich deep-tea color to the smooth finish, this is a contemporary cognac. Courvoisier says it designed Exclusif as a "mixable" cognac, but that seems like something of a waste. The floral nose, vanilla and ginger notes made it a straight treat for me. Probably because it contains one of the oldest VSOPs.
There is a certain sophistication to the recipe, and enjoying it over a couple of ice cubes in a snifter allows all the mid-range notes to open up to the nose and palate.
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