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Three Tesseron Cognacs for Your Cigar

Tesseron, the Cognac house that bills itself as "XO and beyond," has taken a couple of steps in the latter direction with a triple release, its new...more

Posted: January 16, 2015    By Jack Bettridge

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An Armagnac for Purists

Nicholas Palazzi is a man of singular tastes. A négociant of brandies who operates PM Spirits, he bottles only from single casks (mainly Cognac)...more

Posted: October 17, 2014    By Jack Bettridge

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Cognac Champions

Between single malts, single barrels, small batches, special finishes and super ages, it sometimes seems like whisk(e)y has a stranglehold on new...more

Posted: May 16, 2014   

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A Return to Classics: Pairing with Paradis Impérial

A tasting of hyperpremium Cognacs in the Good Life Guide of the newest issue of Cigar Aficionado (April 2014) reminds us what a top-drawer pour...more

Posted: March 7, 2014    By Jack Bettridge

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Camus’s Family Affair

Camus, the largest of the independent, family-owned Cognac houses, is introducing Camus Family Legacy, a tribute to its five generations of...more

Posted: September 27, 2013    By Jack Bettridge

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Bold D’Ussé Cognac Not Just a Beginner's Brandy

D’Ussé Cognac has just become a lot more accessible to drinkers seeking a bold, new brandy experience. Bacardi USA’s first foray into the...more

Posted: March 22, 2013    By Jack Bettridge

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Camus Extra Elegance Comes to America

At long last, Camus Cognac is launching its Extra Elegance blend to the United States in a marketing move that presages a number of new issues to...more

Posted: June 1, 2012    By Jack Bettridge

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Courvoisier's Bold Cognac Statement

Most of us are not in the habit of describing Cognac as bold, but if C by Courvoisier is any indication, we may want to get used to it. The...more

Posted: February 10, 2012    By Jack Bettridge

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Further Adventures in Brandy

We generally think France when it comes to brandy wine because the classics from the Cognac and Armagnac regions are so pervasive and well thought...more

Posted: April 1, 2011    By Jack Bettridge

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This is the L'or de Jean Martell, the latest expression to join the exclusive ranks of hyperpremium brandies that combine the complexities of age and...more

Posted: October 1, 2009    By Jack Bettridge

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Straight From the Barrel: Martell Launches Creation Grand Extra Cognac

Martell, the oldest of the major Cognac houses and the first ever to market an ultra-premium brand, is stepping into the hyper-premium realm in the...more

Posted: May 15, 2007    By Jack Bettridge

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A couple of seasons ago Armagnac took a brief star turn on television's "The Sopranos" as the subject of an importing scheme by the restaurateur...more

Posted: February 1, 2005    By Jack Bettridge

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