Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak Cognac
Bache-Gabrielsen // Cognac, France
Cognac, a region filled with venerable old estates, is not the first place that one thinks about when it comes to innovation. Disproving the bias, here is Bache-Gabrielsen’s Cognac finished for at least 6 months in first-fill Tennessee oak barrels. The original brandy was mostly sourced from the Fins Bois region and made of exclusively the ugni blanc grape (typical in the region.)
CognacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specific grapes. Must be double-distilled to no higher than 72% abv. Required to be aged in oak for at least 2 years. Also, if labeled as the following, minimum aging is: VS-2 years, VSOP-4 years, Napoléon 6 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018).
Cask TypeLimousin oak, finished in first fill Tennessee oak
"For a young cognac, this has a noticeably dark hue — no doubt helped by all of that yankee lumber. Unfortunately the New World influence wreaks havoc on the spirits nose, throwing sawdust and unpleasant wet earth into the producer’s usually ethereal aromatics. The palate does not fare much better as the imprint of sweet, new wood makes short work of the category’s usual subtlety and charm. Wood dominates the whole experience with hints of smoke and bitter herb. An interesting experiment that would be recommended for curiosity's sake alone."