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Why You Should Try Premium Cognacs from Mr.Chow
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How to Choose the Best Cognacs

 

Last updated: 15 November 2022

 

[Martell NCF, Martell V.S.O.P Red Barrel, Remy Martin X.O, and Remy Martin Louis XIII are some of Mr.Chow’s cognac recommendations.] 

 

 

Cognac is a French spirit produced from distilled white wine and can be classified as a type of brandy. Brandy can be made in many regions of the world, but for cognac to earn its title, it must be produced in the town of Cognac in the region of Charente of France, and must also be distilled twice in copper pot stills, then aged in French oak barrels for at least two years. This gives cognac its distinct flavour and colour.

 

Sun shining on a glass of cognac

 

Featured Cognacs:

1. Martell NCF

2. Martell V.S.O.P Red Barrel 

3. Remy Martin X.O 

4. Remy Martin Louis XIII

 

Quick Pointers to Accelerate You Towards Your Dream Cognac 

Mr.Chow Cognac Guide

 

To be frank, there is no universal “best cognac,” because the real best of the best is decided by you based on your own taste, budget and other factors you may consider. This is why today, Mr.Chow is determined to help you find YOUR best cognac. 

But first, let’s first get familiar with the basics, shall we?

 

Understanding the Ages of Cognacs

 

You may have noticed that cognac bottles come labelled with capitalised letters of “VS”, “VSOP”, and “XO” among others. These designations actually indicate how long the brandy or cognac has been aged as well as its quality. 

 

  • VS - stands for “Very Special.” Sometimes referred to as “Sélection,” “De Luxe,” or plain “***”, the youngest Eaux-de-vie (colourless brandy distilled from fruit) used to create the cognac blend must have been aged for at least two years. 

 

  • VSOP - stands for “Very Superior Old Pale.” Also labelled as “Very Old,” “Réserve,” or “Vieux”, the Eaux-de-vie used is aged for a minimum of four years. However, this does not mean the master blender will not also use a much older Eaux-de-vie along the youngest to achieve a more perfect final blend; the same applies to the other classifications. As a result, the average age of a VSOP cognac is often older than four years.

 

  • XO - stands for “Extra Old,” but is also known as “Napoleon,” or “Old Reserve.” These cognacs are made from Eaux-de-vie that are at least 10 years old. The time spent in the barrels gives the resulting cognac a rich and luxurious texture with aromas of warm spice, toffee, chocolate, nuts and candied fruit. 

 

  • Hors d’Age - meaning “Beyond Age.” There is no definite number to assign an age to these cognacs, but it is safe to say they are at the very least XOs and have an average age of 30 and above. This designation describes the finest and highest quality of cognac in terms of age.

 

Again, no one is better than the other. You may think a cognac that has been aged longer means it is better, but that may not be the case. Young cognacs like a VS tend to have fresher, livelier aromas of fruit, whereas older Eaux-de-vie like a VSOP is usually smoother, with obvious notes of oak and spices. It all comes down to one’s personal preference!

 

Indulge in Delicious Cognacs at Mr.Chow’s 

 

Allow Mr.Chow to bring you through Mr.Chow’s Liquor Store’s alluring cognacs.

 

 


Martell NCF

A bottle of Martell NCF

The Martell Non-Chill Filtered cognac employs the technique of filtration at room temperature, allowing the cognac’s flavours and aromas to rise to the forefront when it is chilled for tasting. All of the spirit’s character along with its velvety mouthfeel is retained, showing off its bright citrus notes and classic Martell fruitiness no matter how you choose to enjoy it.

ABV: 40%

AGE: V.S.O.P.

APPEARANCE: Golden amber with copper highlights

VOLUME: 700ml

PRICE: RM220

TASTING NOTES:

  • Fresh and lively with aromas of apricot jam, vanilla, and notes of mandarin and grapefruit.
  • Smooth and velvety with notes of citrus peel, candied fruits, and vanilla.
  • Long, well-rounded, balanced finish.

Shop: https://mrchowliquorstore.com/en/martell-ncf-700ml 

 

 

 

Martell V.S.O.P Red Barrel

A bottle of Martell V.S.O.P Red Barrel

The Eaux-de-vie used is aged in barrels of fine-grained oak for at least four years. The ‘Red’ barrel refers to the reddish colour of the wood aged for at least two to eight years, achieving the perfect state for the Eaux-de-vie to develop more refined aromas, embodying the signature lush fruit notes of a Martell VSOP married with subtle woody overtones to produce a harmonious and elegant cognac.

ABV: 40%

AGE: V.S.O.P.

APPEARANCE: Warm copper with glints of gold

VOLUME: 1000ml

PRICE: RM275

TASTING NOTES:

  • Intense aromas of ripe yellow fruit such as mirabelle plum, greengage, apricot, and vine peach.
  • Luscious fruit notes fuse deliciously with hints of wood and soft pieces from the red barrels, creating an impression of elegance and perfect balance.
  • Long-lasting and smooth with notes of fruits and wood.

Shop: https://mrchowliquorstore.com/en/martell-vsop-red-barrel-1000ml 

 

 

 

Remy Martin X.O

A Remy Martin signature creation made from a blend of a whooping 300 Eaux-de-vie with an average of 25 years of tasting age. This cognac is aged to perfection in oak casks crafted from top-tier quality Limousin oak trees that are 100 years old and above. 

Introduced to the world in 1981, the Remy Martin X.O. cognac is full-bodied, incredibly aromatic and sophisticated on the palate.

A bottle of Remy Martin 'XO' Cognac

ABV: 40%

AGE: X.O.

APPEARANCE: Deep dark amber

VOLUME: 1000ml

PRICE: RM750

TASTING NOTES:

  • Exceptionally smooth and powerful aromas of fruits, spices, and hints of floral.
  • An abundance of flavours of plums, mature figs, candied oranges, and notes of honey ginger.
  • Long lingering and full-bodied with notes of cinnamon.

Shop: out of stock 

 

 

 

Remy Martin Louis XIII

A bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII [700ML]

The Remy Martin Louis XIII is nothing short of a legend within the prestigious walls of the house of Remy Martin. This cognac is made with a blend of 1,200 different 40 to 100-year-old Eaux-de-vie, wrapped and packaged in an individually numbered unique Baccarat decanter. 

Each drop of this cognac represents the essence of Louis XIII and is a highly refined craft passed down from one generation of Cellar Masters to the next.

To truly experience the provenance and wonder of this cognac, take your time admiring the cognac’s complex aromas from afar, then close to the nose. Take a drop of the precious liquid onto your lips to ignite your palate and then enjoy tiny sips at a time.

ABV: 40%

AGE: Hors d'Age

APPEARANCE: Deep red copper

VOLUME: 700ml

PRICE: RM12,999

TASTING NOTES:

  • A fragrant bouquet of flowers, sweet fruits, and subtle spice.
  • Notes of dried rose nectar, fruits, jasmine, leather, nutmeg, sandalwood, honey and wood bark, saffron, cigar box, and forest nuts.
  • Graceful oak, floral notes, fruit, nectar-rich opulence, refined and very long finish.

Shop: out of stock 

 

 

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Now that you’re equipped with Mr.Chow’s cognac handbook, order your best cognac or visit Mr. Chow’s online liquor store for even more options! 100% genuine products at low prices, you won’t want to skip this. 

 

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