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.
Complexity abounds with notes of raising, red wine, saddle leather, dry leaves, roses and peonies.
Smooth entry of strawberries, orange spice, vanilla, dark plums and a little Canadian maple sugar.
Good length leaving cinnamon, cardamom tea, drying oak.
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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