Cognac Davidoff Classic Review
Cognac Davidoff Classic
High Falutin' Brandy Imported from France
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $50
Davidoff at Le-Cognac.com
We're the first ones to admit we don't drink a lot of cognac. After all, we're not Uncle Pennybags or The Ladies Manright? Even so, we had a good time taste testing Davidoff Cognac...not to get too low-brow, don't be afraid of the 'gnac. The interns had a grand old time putting their pinkies up and giving it a swish, and everyone had positive things to say, which wasn't a big surprise.
Of course, that could be due to the fact that Davidoff is blended and bottled by another little name in Cognac - Hennessy. That's right, Zino Davidoff, already a big name in cigars and tobacco, put his head together with the folks at Hennessy to develop his product. Not a bad place to start, from everything we've heard. Read on for our notes about the fruits of their labor.
The Cognac itself has a beautiful dark amber color; much darker than we expected. The bottle is sleek and elegant, and has a simple design that reeks of class without trying too hard.
Our first whiff brought out a strong vanilla scent, followed by an oakiness from the barrels it was aged in. There were other notes in there we couldn't quite place; Le Cognac says those aromas "evoke forest undergrowth and old roses," and we guess we'll have to take their word for it.
The taste was similar to the bouquet, with vanilla, oak, and honey all at the forefront. There was a little more heat to it than we expected, but it definitely brought a little bit of fire to the proceedings. The mouth feel was rich and chewy without being oily, and left a nice coating in our mouths. The flavor stayed in our mouths for a long time after the first taste, which was very pleasant.
This might not be the kind of stuff you just bop out to the liquor to pick up, especially considering the price tag, but it would make a nice gift for the gentleman (or Cognac-appreciating lady) in your life. We're definitely going to enjoy what's left of our bottle (and it isn't much) over the course of the holidays, because it will be a great way to wind down after rich food and good times. We can definitely see how the strong flavors would match up well with a good cigar, and we plan to give that a try as well.
This one's definitely one to try if you're interested in impressing your friends with a brand of Cognac they've never heard of before, you classy bastard.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 13, 2006 10:05 PM