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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to France for a taste of Cognac.

Cognac is a French brandy. Brandy takes its name from the Dutch word “bradewijn,” which means “burnt wine.” The French must have felt it easier to market Cognac than burnt wine. Many things can be used as a distillate to make brandy. Made in a pot still from colombard, ugni blanc and folle blanche grapes, Cognac can only come from the Cognac region along the Atlantic coast of France. It takes 10 gallons of wine to make a single gallon of brandy.

Kobrand was nice enough to recently send me a range of five Cognacs from a single Grande Champagne producer, Delamain.

Delamain Grande Champagne XO Cognac: Golden blond Cognac with nice fresh oak and vanilla notes. Slightly sweet and flowery.

Delamain Vesper: Copper colored Cognac with a slight caramel nose that wraps earthy, oak and crème brulee flavors in a tight package.

Delamain Grande Champagne Extra: Golden colored Cognac that has a subtle vanilla aroma and notes of smoke, orange peel and almonds in a slightly bitter flavor profile.

Delamain Tres Venerable: Tarnished brass color and a mellow oak aroma. Wonderfully full flavor with alternating sweet and spicy notes. This is a blend of older Cognacs. The finish is long and invites another taste.

Delamain Reserve de la Famille: This single barrel Cognac has a nice copper color and subtle floral nose. The flavor profile is a gentle combination of oak and vanilla.

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