XO cognacs must be aged a minimum of six years, although many producers use much older spirits in their assemblages. XO cognacs benefit from this extended wood ageing, and are generally extremely smooth and rich in flavour. This means they are unsuitable for all but the most premium cocktails and are generally best served neat after a good meal.
A 20cl bottle of Delamain's delectable Pale & Dry Grande Champagne XO cognac. 'Pale' indicates the colour is paler than similar age cognacs, due to being aged in old casks and 'dry' indicates no sugar has been added.
A 20cl quarter-bottle of A E Dor's magnificent XO cognac, made exclusively with eaux-de-vies from the Grand & Petit Champagne growing areas, and aged around 25 years or older. Rich, yet elegantly structured, with powerful aromas and flavours of apple, muscovado, coffee and fruit liquorice.
With Eaux-de-Vie aged between 16 and 24 years old this well-matured cognac has been seasoned for a generation in older, seasoned, casks which help to develop its aromas and rancio character. Stunning balance and finesse.
Rich and full-bodied, yet still exceptionally smooth, this luxurious XO contains long-aged eaux-de-vie from Grande & Petite Champagne for grace & flavour, plus a little Borderies for structure and depth. A perennial award-winner. IWSC 2012 - Silver Outstanding Medal - Cognac
A blend of long-aged XO Grande Champagne cognacs, Delamain Pale & Dry benefits from a lengthy two-year marriage period in cask after assemblage before being bottled, resulting in a beautifully smooth roundness and flavour integration on the palate.
A luxuriously packaged XO Cognac from Dupuy, part of their Tentation range. Dupuy (aka Bache Gabrielson) is one of our favourite producers, with a reputation for exquisitely balanced cognacs - this will be excellent. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Cognac
A single estate cognac from Frapin, produced at the Chateau de Fontpinot and the aged for many years to give a deep and rich cognac with candied fruit and rancio. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Cognac
Hine Antique XO has always been the connoisseurs' choice from the range - and now it's had an upgrade, so it should be even better. This Premier Cru has been aged a minimum 10 years and has been upgraded from Fine Champagne to Grande Champagne, meaning that all the eaux-de-vie used in the assemblage are from the best region of Cognac.