Is Cognac really Brandy?

Cognac also called the “Liquor of the Gods” has become the status symbol of french luxury. It has come to be known as the best type of brandy money can buy. So if you’re a little on the confused side about things regarding if Cognac is brandy or vice versa, we’re here to clear all those doubts.

Cognac is a type of brandy which comes from the southwest region in France and is known for its superior climate, soil and grape growing conditions in which it is harvested. Brandy, in general, can be grown anywhere in the world. This particular type of spirit is fermented from fruit juice and is produced by using fruit or grapes. Cognac, on the other hand, must only be made from the white grapes from one of six different regions the Ugni Blanc grape variety is the main ingredient used in it. The grapes from the “grand champagne” region are the most desired. The formed liquid is then distilled twice and the season lasts from October till March. After the liquid is distilled it is aged and blended, which is what really makes this cognac special. 

Here are a few of our favourite Cognac picks for you!

Hennessy Fine De Cognac 

This youthful blend is positioned somewhere between the VS and VSOP. It is a stylish cognac which can be used in a nice quality or even as a digestif. It is a great buy for the buck and will leave your guests feeling warm and well hosted. A must-have staple in your home bar.


Remy Martin XO Cognac

This cognac has honeysuckle notes and is carefully distilled at the Remy martin distillery in France. The cognac is slightly complex with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried apricot and dried figs. It goes down easily but and has a sweet and fruity taste. With a woody aftertaste and goes down warmly. You need this to impress your guests with its amazing aftertaste and high quality.

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

This amazing cognac is known for its fruity, coffee and spicy flavour notes. Carefully distilled at Martell distillery, France, it is extremely smooth once opened, it has a strong nose of plum, coffee and almond. The flavour has hints gingerbread, cocoa with a spicy finish. Not one to miss out, make sure you have this handy while hosting a classy soiree. 

Courvoisier VS Cognac

This cognac is proudly associated with that of Napolean. It is said that Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of this cognac when he was exiled. Finely crafted, it has an intense nose of milk chocolate, golden raising and pears. The cognac is sweet and soft on the palate but it has a barrel of spice and bitterness that gives it the depth. The finish is smooth and lingers only for a moment. A great buy and one of the best cognacs to purchase to add to your morning coffee, cocktails or just have over ice.

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