Cognac Review: Rémy Martin XO

Rémy Martin XO

“XO” stands for ‘extra old.’ Specifically, no eau-de-vie (distilled wine) making up this spirit is less than 10 years old. In fact, Rémy Martin XO is comprised of eau-de-vie that ranges from 10yrs – 37yrs and is a blend of 400 eau-de-vie.

Natural cork.




“Nose” (undiluted)
Complexity abounds with notes of raising, red wine, saddle leather, dry leaves, roses and peonies.

“Palate” (undiluted)
Smooth entry of strawberries, orange spice, vanilla, dark plums and a little Canadian maple sugar.

“Finish” (undiluted)
Good length leaving cinnamon, cardamom tea, drying oak.

“General Impressions”
As one of my viewers astutely pointed out, Scotch whisky and other whisky fans are probably going to find the flavor profile of this cognac rather muted. It is less, how shall we say, spicy and vibrant than single malts and say other whiskies like bourbon. So, adjust your expectations if you want to try Cognac. It is much smoother.

That being said, it is enjoyable and is a big step up from the VSOP level. This spirit is balanced, dry, and profoundly drinkable, especially when paired with dark chocolate or a great cigar.

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Lee Hotti says:

Its disappointing that big cognac houses like Remy Martin put additives other than caramel e150. They also add sugar and wood extract (Boise). They also bottle at low abv. For 180$, it should be at cask strength. Phthalates is another issue. Its like you are paying more for the name and packaging than the content itself. I read they also put water hastily when diluting their cognacs giving it a soapy flavor. You got to try Germain Robin’s brandy, they make cognac the old fashioned way.

Kevin Choy says:

Jason, how would you rate it against Martell XO? I’m considering which to buy!

herrskymarshall says:

I think Cognac can seem muted to a scotch drinker, but the right bottle can have a subtle complexity that keeps you coming back.

Frank lampard says:

Good review, Jason. Your video makes me want to rush out and buy a bottle, but the price of XO cognac is more than I want to splash out.

Triplecap says:

Hey Jason, nice review. I must admit scotch has taken over chez nous il y a des decennies and I just don’t get around to Cognac/Armagnac much any more. I have to get one of these XOs for cigar pairing, you obviously know what I mean.

Robin Loke says:

thks jason

Robin Loke says:

hi jason when u review martell ox i got a few but havent drink yet thks

killerdemo says:

are you going to try Remy Martin 1738? Napoleon grade. better than VSOP but below XO

John Cook says:

Great job Jason!

snearson says:

Will keep that in mind as I will be breaking out the cigars in a few weeks.  Have to see what is available around here, branch out from whisky for a change, we will see….good review, hope you had a relaxing vacation.  Cheers.

Alpha Music NCS says:

Great work

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