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Cognac Tasting Kit – Optional Live Experience

CAD $60.00

Cognac Tasting Options

Select the size of each Cognac tasting kit you would like to include. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

We offer a self guided Cognac tasting using our included tasting guide booklet, or a live expert facilitated virtual or in-person Cognac tasting scheduled for a convenient time for participants. For a group live tasting please contact us for a quote and availability. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Additional Upgrades

Select if you would like to include a crystal Glencairn Cognac tasting glass. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Select the food pairing(s) you would like to include. Oatcakes are included as a palate cleanser. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Include a personalized message on a note card.

Cognac Tasting Experience Highlights

Cognac’s essential difference from most other spirits is that its aromatic components derive directly and exclusively from the grape, and its quality is dictated by the nature of the terroirs where they are grown.

Each Cognac is unique, however at the same time you can cluster them into groups with similar interests and characters called flavour camps. Two major styles of Cognac’s are Dry/Clear and Rich/Grapey, and within these there are flavours and aromas including: fruits (berry, stone, tropical, citrus), floral, nutty, woody (oaky, caramel, vanilla), and spices. 

This Cognac tasting has been organized with a curated selection of Cognacs that appear in the different Cognac flavour camps. Grouping the Cognacs like this helps you to identify the major types of Cognac you prefer, which helps you to zero in on new Cognacs to try that belong to similar cohorts. 

If you are looking for the best Cognac tasting experience or looking for a great Cognac gift set, look no further!

The highlights of our Cognac sampler tasting experience include:

  • A curated tour of the best tasting Cognacs we love. 
  • A Cognac tasting booklet guide for your experience including an overview of each Cognac, how to taste, and tasting notes. 
  • Optional live expert led private Cognac tasting event  available both in-person and virtually (Contact Us For Live Tasting Event Quote)
  • Great for occasions such as a birthday gift for Cognac lovers or a gift for the holidays!
  • Food pairing options to compliment the Cognac samples. 
  • Optional crystal Glencairn Cognac tasting glass available.
  • Optional note card to deliver a special message to the recipient.
  • Delivery available across Ontario and next day delivery to select locations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

 

Cognac Tasting Kit Canada Details

Cognac Sample Pack

Hennessy VSOP Cognac

Founded in 1765, Hennessy is one of the two dominant forces in the Cognac trade since the French Revolution, and today controls about 40% of the Cognac market.

Back in the day, the future King George IV loved fine Cognac. He personally requested a “Very Special Old Pale” from the House of Hennessy. The first bottles were delivered in 1818 and ever since this VSOP has been one of the most popular and awarded Cognacs available worldwide. Hennessy VSOP Cognac is a blend of sixty carefully chosen Eau de Vie that celebrates the terroir of Cognac and the heritage of Hennessy.

Accolades
  • Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2012

 

Cognac Tasting Kit Notes
Colour Warm Mahogany
Nose  Strawberry jam, clove, and vanilla.
Palate Fruitcake, baking spices, and new French oak.
Finish Delicate with a light spice burn.

 

Cognac Flight Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camps Rich / Grapey,

Fruit Forward (Berry Fruits).

Age VSOP (Minimum 4.5 years) 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Jas. Hennessy & Co.
Geography Cognac, France

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

The House of Rémy Martin was founded nearly three hundred years ago in 1724. In 1927 the first VSOP was created by André Renaud (A cellar master at Rémy Martin).

All the firm’s brandies today still come from Champagnes and are still distilled on their lees (the residual yeast) to provide greater richness. 

Accolades
  • 2021 Meininger’s International Spirits Award – Gold
  • 2010 UK Spirits Business Cognac Masters – Gold
  • 2020 San Francisco World Spirit Competition – Silver

 

Cognac Tasting Notes
Colour Rich Mahogany
Nose  Floral with notes of jasmine, iris, fig, and vanilla, and apple.
Palate Light creamy mouthfeel with notes of marzipan, apples, fig, anise, and orange zest.
Finish The finish is medium-length and warming.

 

Cognac Tasting Set Specs
Flavour Camps Rich / Grapey, Floral Forward.
Age VSOP (Minimum 4.5 years) 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Rémy Martin
Geography Cognac, France

Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP Cognac

Founded in 1819 by an enterprising local, Alexandre Bisquit, who was mayor of Jarnac. His daughter married a M. Dubouché, who added his name to the firm.

This VSOP expression is made from the following four crus: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois.

Accolades
  • 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Double Gold Medal 
  • 2021 New York International Spirits Competition – 95 Points – Gold Medal – Cognac VSOP of the Year
  • 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 93 Points

 

Cognac Gift Set Tasting Notes
Colour Warm Amber.  
Nose  Ripe fruits, apricot, honey, and spice aromas (cinnamon, clove) followed by a floral smell of rose.
Palate Smooth and mellow, with notes of honeysuckle, citrus, and mango.
Finish Long and warming.   

 

Miniature Cognac Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camps Rich / Grapey,

Fruit Forward (Citrus Fruits).

Age VSOP (Minimum 4.5 years) 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Bisquit & Dubouché
Geography Cognac, France

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Founded in 1809 by Emmanuel Courvoisier, this company has been making Cognac, and only Cognac for more than 200 years.

Courvoisier VSOP is labelled “The Cognac of Napoleon” because in 1811, Napoleon visited the main Cognac market in Bercy, France, declared that he had made his choice and took two barrels of Courvoisier with him.

This cognac is a blend of several crus including Fins Bois, and Grande and Petite Champagnes. 

Cognac Tasting Set Accolades
  • Gold Cognac – 2019 – The Luxury Masters (The Spirits Business)
  • Double Gold – 2019 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

 

Cognac Miniature Tasting Set Notes
Colour Peach Gold. 
Nose  Jasmine and ripe peaches.
Palate Toasted almonds, stone fruits, and caramel.
Finish Lingering and dry with baking spices.

 

Cognac Miniature Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camps Rich / Grapey, Nutty and Caramel Forward.
Age VSOP (Minimum 4.5 years) 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Courvoisier International S.A.R.L.
Geography Cognac, France

Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac

Jean Martell founded the Martell house in 1715 and it is the oldest Cognac producer. The Blue Swift is a symbol of The House Martell’s family crest, a bird that can stay airborne for up to 10 months when crossing the Atlantic. 

Martell Blue Swift is made of cognac VSOP then finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks. This is a Cognac with a Bourbon twist. 

Cognac Tasting Set Accolades
  • Gold – 2018 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  •  2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 92 Points

 

LCBO Cognac Tasting Gift Set Notes
Colour Copper with golden highlights.
Nose  Banana and caramelized pear introduce the subtle sweetness of vanilla, coconut, and spices.
Palate Ginger, candied fruit, and plum followed by distinctive hints of toasted oak from the Kentucky bourbon casks.
Finish Long and warm.

 

Mini Cognac Tasting Set Specs
Flavour Camp Dry/Clear,

Fruit Forward (Tropical Fruits).

Age VSOP (Minimum 4.5 years) 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Martell & Company
Geography Cognac, France

Self Guided Or Live Cognac Tasting Options

Cognac Sampler Box Tasting Booklet For Self Guided Experience

Perhaps the best part of our sampler box (apart from the Cognac) is that it includes a booklet as a guide to tasting Cognac. Using this guide is a great option for a self guided individual or group Cognac tasting experience. 

Cognac Tasting Guide Overview
  • How to taste Cognac including:
    • Tasting with your eyes
    • Tasting with your nose
    • Tasting with your tongue (body and finish)
  • The science and language of Cognac tasting.
  • Cognac’s main flavors and flavor camps.
  • Tasting notes for each Cognac including:
    • Background
    • The colour
    • The nose
    • The palate
    • The finish
spirits tasting

Live Expert Facilitated Cognac Tasting Experience

A live expert facilitated private Cognac tasting is great if you are looking for a fun group experience to build connection, spark conversation, and learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to taste Cognac. This is a great option for the office or a Cognac tasting at home. 

We have three options for our private Cognac tasting experiences:

  • Virtually using a video and audio conferencing platform like Zoom or a host provided platform ($350 for unlimited guests).
  • Off Site at your venue address.
  • On Site at our headquarters at: 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON, L4Z 1N8.

The private Cognac tasting experience is scheduled for a convenient date and time for the participants for a 1.5 hour duration.

For a quote for a live expert facilitated Cognac tasting experience please Contact Us.

We look forward to providing you and your guests with an immersive, unique, and memorable Cognac tasting experience.

Additional Cognac Tasting Kit Upgrades

Glencairn Cognac Glass Gift Set

The development of the Glencairn glass involved a collaboration of master blenders from the five largest spirit companies to develop the perfect Cognac tasting glass. This is an excellent tasting glass to compliment your Cognac gift set!

Benefits of the Glencairn Cognac Glass Gift Set
  • The tapering mouth of the Glencairn glass captures and concentrates the aroma on the nose and enhances taste. 
  • Its shape allows for easy swirling of Cognac, a practice commonly used to open up the aromas of Cognac for full appreciation.  
  • The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the Cognac colour.
  • The solid base is designed to be easy on the hand and makes for a stable glass.
  • It’s made of crystal created with optimum clarity, durability, and brilliance.

 

Glencairn Cognac Tasting Glass Gift Box Specs
Height 4 1/2 Inches
Bottom Diameter 1 7/8 Inches
Maximum Diameter 2 1/2 Inches
Top Diameter 1 7/8 Inches
Capacity 6 3/4 oz.
Color Clear
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Material Lead Free Crystal

GREEN & BLACK’s Organic Dark Chocolate For Cognac Sampler Gift Set

Dark chocolate and Cognac make a great match. The warming, complex nature of most Cognac complements the luxurious, creamy texture of good chocolate. 

The underlying sweetness and alcohol bite to Cognac is offset extremely well by the more bitter and lingering flavor of dark chocolate.

Our organic Dark 70% chocolate from GREEN & BLACK’s is made from fine Trinitario cacao beans, providing complex fruit notes and intense bittersweet chocolate aromas.

GREEN & BLACK’S is a chocolate brand founded on sustainable and ethical cocoa sourcing principles.

A great addition to a Cognac birthday gift for those looking to buy Cognac samples online.

How To Enjoy

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of Cognac, take a piece of chocolate and let it slowly melt and add to the flavour. Then take another sip of Cognac and round it off.

McSweeny’s Bacon Jerky For Cognac Miniatures Gift Set

McSweeny’s Hickory Smoked Bacon Pork Jerky delivers a mouth-watering flavour that’s salty, sweet and smoky. Made with 100% Verified Canadian Pork.

Features:

  • Gluten Free
  • Proudly Canadian
  • High in Protein
  • Naturally Smoked

From birthdays to date night, this is the perfect reason to send bacon jerky and a miniature Cognac gift set. 

How To Enjoy Bacon Jerky And Cognac Tasting Flight Gift

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of Cognac,, take a nice size bite of the bacon jerky to release the smoky bacon flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and balcony flavors fade, the bacon jerky notes linger. Take another sip of Cognac and round it off.

From Cognac Christmas gifts to anniversaries, this is a great gift!

bacon-jerky

Nobel Vegan Jerky – Original For Cognac Gift Pack

Tap into an undiscovered word of taste and texture with Nobel Jerky’s Original garlic and pepper plant based jerky. This vegan jerky is one of favorites to pair with Cognac!

Features:

  • No preservatives
  • No Nitrates
  • No Trans Fats
  • Non-GMO
How To Enjoy Vegan Jerky And Cognac Sampler Set

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of Cognac, take a nice size bite of the vegan jerky to release the flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and garlic and pepper flavors fade, the jerky notes linger. Take another sip of Cognac and round it off.

A Cognac tasting variety pack with vegan jerky is a great Christmas gift!

Torres Selecta Black Truffle Potato Chips

Truffles are a bold flavour, and a little goes a long way. The taste of black truffles is a mixture of chocolaty, nutty and earthy. Cognac pairs well with potato chips and the flavours of black truffle, so we have a fantastic snack that combines both!

These special premium potato chips feature authentic black summer truffles.

Be captivated by the intense woodsy aroma with flavors of garlic, wild mushroom and earthy hazelnut undertones that convert this snack into a real treat for the senses.

Ingredients: Potatoes, sunflower oil, salt, dehydrated black summer truffle (T. aestivum Vitt.) and truffle aroma.

From occasions like birthday gifts to anniversaries, this is a great gift!

black truffle potato chips

Cognac Tasting Kit Delivery Available Across Ontario

We offer Cognac tasting kit delivery across Ontario.

Delivery rates are calculated  at checkout. You can schedule your order to arrive on a specific date also at checkout. 

For orders placed before 5pm, we offer next day delivery for select cities across Ontario. 

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