Many may find drinking Cognac to be an “acquired” taste, but a fine Cognac makes a great after dinner drink. Good Cognac is served in a heated brandy snifter and is a nice accompaniment with dessert, espresso, or a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
This type of brandy is named after the French town of Cognac where it is produced. The rules of Cognac are pretty strict and it’s production process goes back about 300 years. The juice has to be 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche or Colombard grapes. Then it must be twice distilled in copper stills and then aged for a minimum of two years in French oak.
Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Courvoisier – the smallest of the big four houses, and bought by U.S.-based Fortune Brands Inc in 2005 in the joint breakup with Pernod Ricard of Britain’s Allied Domecq. Martell is the world’s third-biggest, Remy Martin the second, and Hennessy is number one.