#05 VS, VSOP, XO : quick guide on how to choose your cognac.

When buying a cognac, it is not always that simple to find what you’re looking for… In this article, we reveal to you the secrets between the famous letters indicating the aging! Just follow the guide 🙂

Do you want to indulge yourself with a special bottle or offer it to a spirits connoisseur? The only problem is that you might feel a little intimidated by all the specifications and feeling a bit anxious to make the wrong choice. Fear no more! Thanks to this quick guide, you will be all set regarding the spirits aging vocabulary…

What does VS stands for?

Meukow VS cocktail

VS is short for “Very Special”. It means that the youngest eau-de-vie in the cognac has, at least, spent two years in aging. The lettering is decided by the high authority of Cognac known as BNIC (Bureau National de l’Interprofession du Cognac).With a stronger taste, VS works well with some ice and a ginger tonic.

What does VSOP stand for?

VSOP cocktail

VSOP means “Very Superior Old Pale”. To obtain the name VSOP, the precious amber liquid needs to be made from a cognac blend where the youngest one must be aged, at least, for four years. VSOP can be regularly found in cocktail recipes, as it is so versatile.

What does XO stand for?

XO Cognac barrel

The XO appellation means “Extra Old” and the youngest cognac in the blend must have aged for, at least, ten years. The best way to truly enjoy this fine product would be with ice or dry in a tulip glass.

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