Cognac classification by aging: western gradation
When buying brandy or even grape brandy made according to the cognac technology, one should have an idea about the classification of these drinks according to their aging time. As…

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The birthplace of brandy
Everyone knows that France is the birthplace of brandy, the country, the embodiment of love, beauty, harmony, the country of fine taste. Speaking of brandy, as a drink, you can…

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Technology of cognac production: 5 steps to fine alcohol
The technology by which genuine cognac is produced is a rather complex, multi-step process, at times acquiring the features of true art. Over the five hundred year history of this…

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A small reminder

Hennessy Brandy and Brandy Classification:

A.C .: at least 2 years of exposure
V.S. (Very Special): at least 3 years old
V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale): at least 4 years old
V.V.S.O.P. Grande Reserve: at least 5 years of exposure
X.O. (Extra Old) Hors d’age Napoleon Extra Tres Vieux Vieille Reserve: at least 6 years old
Also, “gourmets” distinguish three “waves” of smell. Light tones, vanilla, felt at a distance of 5 cm distance from the glass. At the edge of the glass you should feel the fruit and flower aromas – this is the second “wave”. The third “wave” comes directly with a full “immersion” in a glass – it is characterized by subtle notes of violet, linden, apricot and other fruits, as well as complex “port” tones (recall that elite brandy is kept in barrels of sherry and other ” wine “drinks). To avoid alcoholic blows to the nose, try to immerse the latter in a glass, but inhale with your mouth – the effect should impress you.

Well, actually the process of drinking. It is necessary to drink cognac in small sips, savoring, letting it gradually unfold. The temperature of the drink should not differ from the room temperature or be slightly higher – as with whiskey, a high temperature can give a feeling of excessive alcoholism. Another “our” misconception: some people still think that brandy should be heated in their hands, and in some questionable places you will need to heat brandy in a huge bottle on a special installation on a candle flame.

Cognac can not be heated on a candle
Inquisitories for the brothers

If someone has been to major restaurants where lads went in the nineties and the beginning of this century, such devices there for bullying brandy were necessary. Cognac on candles can not be heated – it is better to thrust the candles in the ass. This is what Maurice Hennessey, a descendant of the founder of the largest cognac house, said to this: “I’m French and I never think of drinking warm wine. And cognac is the fruit of wine, the product of its distillation. ” Now about the “snack”.

What I drink French cognac with and what you can drink it with
About the notorious rule 4C heard, probably, everyone who is inclined to consider himself at least minimally sybarite – cognac, cigar, chocolat, coffee. True, it will not be translated into Russian as 4C – cognac, coffee, cigar and chocolate. It turns out complete nonsense – 2K, C and W. But we have a countermeasure, our rule is vodka, black bread and herring. Preferably with onions – VCHSL. This is a snickering bourgeoisie, you know, 4C. But the point is not that. Regarding the 3K rule, there is a whole theory, so let’s consider it.

We are so arranged that the blood, in different functional periods of our mortal daily existence, is periodically redistributed depending on the actions performed or the wishes of actions. What does it have to do with 4C, you ask? Yes, despite the fact that we, as a rule, indulge in this notorious 4C after a good meal. When the blood in the body is redistributed to perform an important public function. It also seems that Ostap Bender argued that “by chewing writing carefully, you are helping society.” When we have eaten, blood is drained from the brain and other vital organs, and it rushes to the stomach, helping it to work.

Nature requires an afternoon rest! But our goal in itself – to know 4C – as a rule, happens after a well-fed and decent evening meal, on a free day, when you do not need to run to work again. When you do not need to run anywhere. And what, so stupid, ate and sleep? But no! This is where 4C will help us. Who has not yet understood, brandy is a digestif, that is, a drink that should be consumed after eating to improve digestion. The remaining 3K should help us with this.

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