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H by HINE VSOP Cognac

Cognac — Cognac, France

Tasted March 1, 2019
3.5
3.5 out of 5 stars
Nose: Fruity (apples and raisins), floral (jasmine, vanilla pod, Earl Grey tea), a light caramel/burnt sugar note. There's also a freshness as of lime juice and lightly toasted cereal. Palate: More present than the nose. The arrival is sweet and lightly creamy with some developing mild spice (tannin, menthol and clove), but it's delicate and poised. There are nuances of baked apple and orange zest. Not greatly complex, but what is there is good. Finish: Medium/short. The finish has light grapey notes and a little lemon pepper, but there is a more lingering minty/herbal aftertaste. The nose on this is subdued, but allowing it to develop in the glass enlarges it and finds more depth in the aromas. It's a friendly, approachable and fresh nose that is not particularly deep or resonant. There is an oaky note, but it's faint (a tree was involved somewhere in the production of this, but that's about all one would be willing to say). In comparison to many spirits this could be accused of just being a simple, fresh young expression, but it's compelling. You keep coming back for another nose and taste, and then pour another small measure because it's simply enjoyable to sit and ponder. A good sign. A spirit that is very easy to drink and enjoy. More than acceptable as a sipper, and fine as a mixer. Good value for money and certainly a step up from any entry-level VS cognac. In the whisky world I'd compare this to something like Teeling Small Batch, and in the rum sphere maybe Appleton Estate Reserve - a very solid 3.5 stars falling short of 4 by a whisker. "Good" : 3.5 stars
85.0 AUD per Bottle
  • cascode
    March 4, 2019

    A quick note - I've increased my rating for this up to 3.5, following a magical tasting just now coupled with a Montecristo #4. Warm autumn night on the balcony, light on-shore breeze, Medeski Martin & Wood playing in the background .. doesn't get much better.

  • dubz480
    March 1, 2019

    @cascode Nice! I actually prefer the Rare to most XO I have tasted!

  • cascode
    March 1, 2019

    @dubz480 Thanks! The Rare is on the shelf waiting to be tasted, once I've finished off a few open bottles.

  • dubz480
    March 1, 2019

    Nice review as always! Never seen this expression but I do find them to be the best overall congac out there IMO. The Antique (XO) and Rare (VSOP) are just lovely. Price though has skyrocketed in the US unfortunately!