Four Cognacs for Christmas
| 14 Dec 2011 |
Fragrant, rather nice nose with notes of dried fruits (prunes, figs), oak, vanilla and honey. The palate is rich,
sweet (honey) and fruity (raisins, orange marmalade) with a note of mint. Develops spicy oak and grows fairly hot.
On the finish the dried fruits return briefly, then it turns oaky, spicy and warming. All in all zesty and entertaining but
too hot and spicy. A bit disappointing, actually.
Renault Carte Noire Extra:
Subtle, complex and interesting nose with notes of oak, citrus and plums. Also hints of mint and cheese. Light, smooth,
clean palate with oak, white pepper and vanilla. It's on the dry side of sweet. Very nice finish with oak, gingerbread
and dried fruits. All in all very nice! It's very mild and wonderfully balanced. (Much nicer than a few years ago.)
Braastad My Selection:
Complex nose with oak, dried fruits and notes of custard and cheese. Also herbal with notes of black tea and sage.
Subtle and a little quiet yet very nice. Rich, sweet, fruity palate with a note of mint. Smooth and balanced. Drying,
develops notes of oak and gingerbread. Oaky, spicy, fairly dry finish. All in all complex, balanced and very nice.
Bache Gabrielsen Christmas XO:
Fragrant, very nice nose with oak, prunes, vanilla and mint. Rich, sweet, smooth palate. Sweet fruits and spicy oak
in a very nice balance. Quite oaky finish with oak shavings, citrus and mint - very nice but perhaps a little too oaky.
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