Courvoisier VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale)
VSOP is a designation meaning a blend of ingredient brandies having a minimum age of 4 years in a cask.
If you didn’t know, Cognac is a type of brandy. White wine, primarily (90%) ungni blanc grape is use. It is thin, acidic and very dry. Terrible drinking wine, but once distilled twice, is a great eau de vie for aging in French oak to make a great cognac.
Courvoisier VSOP is a blend of eau de vie having ages of 8 to ten years.
Carmelized brown sugar, Creme Brûlée’s, rich currants, worn and cracked brown leather couch.
Polished mahogany, vanilla bean, coffee with cream, peanut brittle, warm peanuts, old burnished wood.
Marashino cherry, hazelnuts, mint leaves and spiced oak.
Good entry level VSOP. Balanced and no obvious flaws. Not complex though. If you want complexity you have to go to XO.