Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges Cognac
Pierre Ferrand // Grande Champagne, France
Sélection des Anges translates roughly from to "angels' share". It is a blend of cognacs aged from 30-55 years old. Pierre Ferrand ages their cognacs in 270-liter Limousin oak barrels in seven different warehouses with varying temperatures and humidity levels. As a result, their Master Blender has many more choices he can draw from to create their bottlings.
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 oak
"On the nose, you'll get stewed apples, orange peel, brown butter, and gentle wood notes. There's a floral note as well, but it is mild. The taste is clean with a small nutty quality and dark, brandied cherries as you would get in a proper Manhattan cocktail (not the neon red cheap stuff). The texture of the brandy is mostly soft and smooth and only shows gentle tannins on the finish. As you exhale after drinking, the dark cherries come back into the fold and finishes bittersweet. Overall, it seems much younger than their average 30 year claim."