The most common way to drink older Cognacs (XO Cognacs) is neat in a ‘Tulip Glass,’ or a ‘Balloon Snifter’. This way, you can truly appreciate the aromatic richness of your Cognacs. We do not recommend heating your Cognac as it will bring out the alcohol too strongly and releases the aromas too quickly.
You can also add a drop of water or an ice cube to release some of the more subtle flavours. However, if you drink a very old Cognac, we do recommend using cooling stones, which make the temperature of the Cognac drop slowly without inhibiting the flavours as the ice doesn’t melt in your drink.
Cognac can also be mixed in a wide range of long drinks and cocktails. Here, the quality of the ingredients you use makes a big difference. Every ingredient has to be of the utmost quality and freshness. Our VSOP Cognacs are ideal for long drinks and cocktails but you can also add a luxury twist to your cocktail by using 1719® XO Cognac, 1988.
Ultimately, there are no right or wrong answers. The way you drink your Cognac is all down to your own personal taste and the situation that you are drinking in.