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.
Frapin's excellent VIP XO cognac packaged up with a couple of stemmed glasses for elegant enjoyment. The decanter is reminiscent of the shape used in the 16th century and the stopper is 24 carat gold plated. This was the only cognac served on British Airways Concorde flights.
A 1975 vintage XO Cognac from historic house Chateau de Beaulon. They are specialists in ageing cognac for at least twice the legal limit in both Limousin and Tronçais oak. This is a soft cognac with complex notes of candied fruit and vanilla.
A 3 litre bottle of Martell XO. Containing cognacs of up to 35 years old, this is a perfect example of blending. It combines the elegance and nuttiness of spirit from the Borderies combined with power from the Grande Champagne region.