Cognac (pronounced Kon-Yak) is a variety of French Brandy named after the region of Cognac, located in Western France. Cognac is a closely monitored brandy, which cannot be classified as Cognac unless it meets the governing bodies regulations. Among these regulations, is that Cognac must be made using specified grapes, only produced in a certain region of France, it must be double distilled and aged for at least two years in French Oak Barrels and more. Cognac is distilled in Pot Stills, unlike its sibling, Armagnac, which is produced in Column Stills.
Cognac, like Whiskies, Armagnac and Wines, matures in barrels, and usually spend considerably longer ‘on the wood’ than the minimum legal ageing requirements.
Cognac is an intense drink enjoyed after dinner or later, in cocktails as well as to pair with food or cigars. Spirits of France can source rare, collectible Cognac upon request.