Tuesday, March 5, 2013
This Cognac Comandon is that most unusual thing, a cask strength, single barrel Cognac. A Borderies Region Cognac, this Comandon is 18 years old.
Cognac Comandon XO 18 years old, Barrel #524, K&L Exclusive, 45% abv ($100)
This has a beautiful nose with apples and spice and maybe a touch of mustiness like a damp, fall day. The palate comes on candy sweet, then picks up a bit of spice and ends on a drier, spicier note. The fruit on the nose isn't apparent on the palate. The sweetness on the palate is sort of a generic sweetness more than a fruit sweetness. The finish is spicy with just a slight bitterness.
This Cognac had a promising nose, but I felt the palate didn't follow through and was overly sweet. I prefer K&L's Famille Esteve Coup de Coeur, which is $10 less than even the reduced price of the Comandon.