What is Cognac? Its seen throughout the ages as the finest spirit for the wealthy. Designated to the region of France with the same name, Cognac is distilled from grapes, giving off distinguishable warmth, fruitiness and rich depth. Perfect for ageing, Cognac has many tiers to exhibit the spirits time in the barrel. VS (Very Special) a minimum of two years in the barrel; VSOP (Very Special Old Pale) at least four years, and XO (Extra Old) with some being a minimum of six years and others being a minimum of ten years and rising. The more well-known Cognac (or brandy) cocktails include a Brandy Alexander, Sidecar, Sazerac, Harvard, Vieux Carre, and a Champagne Cocktail. #cognac #brandy #hawthornlounge #wellingtonnz #cocktailbar #wellingtoncocktails