Tag Archives: Cognac

• This Is A Shock. French Vodka Exports Overtake Cognac

This Is A Shock. French Vodka Exports Overtake Cognac

Vodka has overtaken Cognac as the most exported French spirit by volume, as the sector continues to struggle against China’s on-going campaign of austerity. According to recent figures released by the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters (FEVS), exports of French spirits dropped once again in 2014 as brands battled a “difficult” economic environment and “intensified” […]

• Understanding Cognac and Its Growing Cool Factor

Understanding Cognac and Its Growing Cool Factor

Is cognac having its moment? At a recent cocktail competition in New York City sponsored by the 158-year-old cognac company Louis Royer, master selector and fifth generation producer Jérôme Royer happily wriggled his dark mustache as he sipped a concoction made with one of his newer releases: Force 53, a high-proof cognac created especially for […]

• Coopers Suffering From Trend For Unoaked Wines

Coopers Suffering From Trend For Unoaked Wines

The global trend for unoaked wines is hitting coopers hard; with one barrel maker admitting to 20% sales loses over the last four years. Sales at Cognac-based barrel maker Vicard Tonnelleries have fallen from 50,000 barrels in 2008 to 40,000 barrels last year. “In 2008, 3% of the world’s global wine production was aged in […]

• Mixologist Makes World’s Most Expensive Cocktail — Price: $8,850

Mixologist Makes World’s Most Expensive Cocktail — Price: $8,850

We’ve had no shortage of expensive cocktails in the past, but the newest, record-breaking cocktail will make you drool. Behold the Salvatore’s Legacy cocktail, a £5,500 ($8,850) drink that is making mixology enthusiasts across the globe absinthe-green with envy. What’s in the drink? The Spirits Business reports that it’s a mix of 1788 Clos de Griffier […]

• 223 yr old half-bottle of rare Cognac sells for over $30,000

223 yr old half-bottle of rare Cognac sells for over $30,000

An extremely rare half bottle of 1789 A.C. Meukow & Co Cognac has been sold for £19,000 ($30,350). The anonymous collector bought the bottle last week from The Old Liquors Collection owned by Dutch Cognac enthusiast Bay van der Bunt. Along with the 1789 Cognac, the collector also snapped up a 182-year-old Remy Martin Cognac […]

• Kentuckians Take Distilleries to Court Over Black Gunk

Kentuckians Take Distilleries to Court Over Black Gunk

The sooty-looking black gunk has been here for as long as anyone can remember, creeping on the outside of homes, spreading over porch furniture, blanketing car roofs, mysterious and ever-present. It was pollution, residents speculated, or maybe something to do with the industrial riverfront. But it turns out the most likely culprit is Kentucky’s signature […]

• Bacardi celebrates 150th birthday with rare rum release

Bacardi celebrates 150th birthday with rare rum release

To celebrate Bacardi’s 150th birthday, Bacardi has released its rarest rum to date – Ron Bacardi de Maestros de Ron, Vintage: MMXII. This anniversary blend saw eight of the Bacardi family’s most senior Maestros de Ron(master-blenders) join forces to create the rum that pays homage to their ancestor and founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó. One […]

• How to Turn Your Kids Onto Artisanal Spirits

How to Turn Your Kids Onto Artisanal Spirits

Spice up the meal with a puff of the hard stuff. Forget salt and pepper, a Burgundy-based company has launched a range of spirits in atomizers which are designed to be sprayed on to food as a seasoning. Seven spirits, including a Cognac, rum, Scotch whisky and pastis, come in a perfume-like bottle and are […]

• Behind the Scenes of the 2012 SF World Spirits Competition

Behind the Scenes of the 2012 SF World Spirits Competition

At an industry event last year, I had a spirit rep get in my face and declare, “Those spirit competitions are bullshit!” The ironic thing is that this statement came after I told him that it was at the competition where I first tried his product and fell in love with it. From the outside, […]

• The SF World Spirits Competition Judges 1,215 Entries – A New Record

The SF World Spirits Competition Judges 1,215 Entries – A New Record

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition held its esteemed judging on March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th, at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. With continued growth in its 12th year 1,215 premium spirits were submitted from 60 countries, making it another record-breaking year, up 10% over last year. The San Francisco competition is […]

• Lady Gaga and Rihanna like Jameson. Call it the luck of the Irish

Lady Gaga and Rihanna like Jameson. Call it the luck of the Irish

Pop music has been good to beverage alcohol. Cognac, champagne and even trendy moscato wine almost deserve to be invoiced for their myriad plugs in rap lyrics. Now it’s Irish whiskey’s turn. The light-bodied brown spirit has the cheerful disposition of a St. Paddy’s Day reveller on the move from pub to club. Usually unencumbered […]

• Precious old booze collection up for sale

Precious old booze collection up for sale

THOUSANDS of bottles of rare cognac and other drink have been put on sale yesterday by a Dutch collector. Some bottles date back to the French Revolution, and the collection is expected to reap several million dollars. Describing it as the “largest collection of old liquors in the world”, a spokesman for Breda publisher Bay […]

• Beam expands Courvoisier lineup with new cognac

Beam expands Courvoisier lineup with new cognac

Beam, an American spirits company, has extended its Courvoisier lineup with the addition of new cognac, C by Courvoisier. C by Courvoisier is a blend of small-batch-produced cognac specially selected from 50 winegrowers in the Fin Bois Cru. The cognac goes through a double-barrel aging process to result in a smooth, full-bodied taste experience.

• Cognac sales enjoy record 2011

Cognac sales enjoy record 2011

Soaring demand in China has resulted in global Cognac sales reaching record levels last year. Industry body the Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) said more than five bottles were sold every second in 2011, with the total number of bottles sold rising by 6.4% to 162.9 million. The Far East, which accounted for more […]

• Looking ahead to alcohol trends in 2012

Looking ahead to alcohol trends in 2012

For those of us who concern ourselves with the world of beverage alcohol, 2011 was nothing if not a most interesting year. After years of struggling sales, Cognac suddenly came roaring back. In the face of an economic crunch, craft beer grew more eclectic, more expensive and overwhelmingly more popular. Mixologists began raiding their pantries […]