Hine Antique XO Cognac
HINE // Grande Champagne, France
Hine Antique XO was first released in 1920 and was comprised of both eaux-de-vie from Petite and Grande Champagne regions. It is now comprised of only Grande Champagne with an average age of 20 years (and a minimum of 10 years). The wood used in the Hine Cognac house is mostly Tronçais oak (Limousin oak is most common) which is slower to grow which provides a tighter and finer grain. This equates to fewer tannins in the final product.
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 TypeFrench Tronçais oak
"Though there are some nutty and spicy aromas on the nose, those notes aren't very intense. Walnuts and apple pie come to mind, but the fruit aspect is low to moderate and more in the dried cherry family. This cognac is more spice driven than anything and is on the dry side. The finish shows a touch of dark chocolate and leather."