Every other night in Lagos, the biggest clubs are packed with Lagos big boys popping bottles, trying to impress the ladies and outdo themselves. Their favourite bottles to pop are the luxury Cognac brands. Cognac brands are associated with luxury and this status is attached to the people seen popping these bottles. These makes them the most popular bottles to pop at clubs thereby making it the life of the party. Some of the top Cognac brands that can be bought on myliquorhub.com include
One of the best Cognacs and the most popular of the Cognac in Nigeria and a main feature of the Lagos nightlife. Made from “Eau de vie” which literally translates to mean “water of life” but Hennessey will take you to Cognac heaven The Hennessy brand has an impressive line-up of products that can all be found on myliquorhub.com
The world most popular Cognac and the youngest cognac of the Hennessy brand.
Enjoy Hennessy V.S neat on the rocks to feel the flavours in full force or use as a mix ingredients in cocktails.
Created at the request of King George IV of England. A blend of 60 different eau de vie, it is aged for up to 4 years. Hennessy V.S.O.P has a smooth but stronger flavour than VS.
Enjoy Hennessy V.S.O.P neat on rocks or with a mixer and you won’t be disappointed.
The Cadillac of the cognac world, X.O is made from a blend of over 100 eau de vie and aged for up to 30 years.
Hennessy x.o is best enjoyed in its pure form to be able to taste the flavours fully
Rémy Martin V.S.O.P cognac contains up to 100 Eau de vie aged for 4 to 15 years. With a well balanced and multi-layered taste of vanilla, stone fruit and liquorice. It is perfect for memorable night outs with friends.
Remy Martin XO
The Rémy Martin XO cognac consists of up to 400 different eau de vie that have been aged for 10 to 37 years
A symbol of luxury and prestige thanks to its complexity and unique bottle shape. It has a velvety texture and a myriad fruity flavours, vanilla, honey and spice flavours.
Remy Martin 1738
A royal l tribute to the exceptional know-how of La Maison Remy Martin. Rémy Martin 1738 is a product of a unique ageing process of eaux-de-vie. It is perfect for any celebration, enjoy it straight on the rocks and feel the full flavour of this exquisite cognac.
One of the popular Cognacs of the Lagos night scene, the Martell brand offers some of the best cognacs which can be found on myliquorhub.com.
Martell V.S.O.P is ideal for celebrations. Martell V.S.O.P is made using a specific distillation process where selected oak barrels are aged for up to 2 to 8 years before the spirit is aged in it.
Enjoy Martell V.S.O.P straight on the rocks to feel the full force of this cognac or mix with cocktails of your choice.
Martell Blue swift
Martell blue swift is made from eau de vie first matured in French oak casks and finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks.
Martell blue swift can be enjoyed on its own, straight over ice, used as a mixer or as a cocktail, either way each sip reminds you how a great cognac should taste.
Martell XO is a special cognac with a powerful flavour from the house of Martell, made from the most precious eaux de vie, some of which date back to 1830.
Martell XO is the ideal cognac for special occasions, it is best enjoyed neat or with a splash to taste all its glory.
Dusse is one of the upcoming Cognacs on the Lagos night scene, the product of a partnership between billionaire hip hop artist Jay z and Bacardi. Made from grapes from the Cognac region. With a unique bottle design the D’usse screams of luxury and is a good look for any table it is on in the club.
The D’usse brand offers two cognac products, the D’usse VSOP and XO.
The VSOP is made from a selection of the finest eaux-de-vie and Naturally aged for at least four and a half years, it is exceptionally smooth and has a blend of fruity flavours, nuts and honey.
Enjoy D’usse VSOP neat on the rocks or with cocktails.
The XO is aged for a minimum of ten years in French oak barrels to ensure the utmost complexity and depth in flavour. D’USSÉ XO Cognac has rich flavours of ripe blackberry and apricot, dark chocolate and walnut. D’usse XO is best enjoyed neat but can also be the delicious key ingredient in many premium cocktails.
Is cognac the same as Brandy?
To know the difference between Cognac and Brandy, we have to know what brandy is first. Brandy is a spirit gotten from the distillation of any type of fermented fruit juice or fruit mash, if the fruit is grapes is technically a wine.
It is a fairly strong, sweet tasting liquor, usually dark brown in colour and often mistaken as a type of whiskey.
So what is cognac?
Cognac is brandy that is produced in the Cognac region of France. If the brandy is not from Cognac, France then it is not real cognac, but there are other qualities that determine a true cognac.
- The first base must come from white grapes, the grape primarily used is called ‘Ugni blanc ‘
- It must go through two rounds of distillation, which must happen between October 1st and March 31st. If the distillation process occurs before or after this period then your cognac is invalid
Cognac is qualified into 3 major types based on age and this is always signified by symbols on bottles.
VS : ‘very special ‘ is cognac aged for at least 2 years
VSOP : ‘very superior old pale’ is cognac that has been aged for at least 4 years
- XO : ‘extra old ‘ cognac that has been aged for more than 6 years
So just like in the case of champagne and sparkling wine, all cognac is brandy but not all brandy is cognac. Brandy is made all over the world and just like cognac, they have their own names. Other types of cognacs are
Calvados : an apple based brandy from Normandy, France
Grappa : Italian grape based candy made from left over wine from wine making
Pisco :Peruvian brandy made from white grape.
Armagnac : grape based brandy from Armagnac, France.
Is Cognac a Whiskey?
Sometimes cognac is mistaken to be a type of whiskey, although they have some similarities:
They are both fermented drinks, they are aged in wooden barrels and they both get smoother with age. But they are different types of alcohol
- Whiskey is made from grains, mostly oats and barley. Cognac is made from grapes
- The age of whiskey is indicated by the exact number e.g Glenmorangie 10, 12,18. The age of Cognac is indicated with the terms VS, VSOP & XO.
- Cognac is distilled twice, while whiskey is usually distilled once.
- The minimum age of a cognac is 2 years and it could be as old as 50 years. The minimum age of whiskey is 3 years and it could be as old as 15 years.
- Whiskey can be produced anywhere in the world while cognac can only be produced in Cognac, France.
What does Cognac taste like?
Cognacs usually have complex flavours which is determined by the blend they are made of. Before blending cognac is referred to as Eau de vie. The blended flavours depend on the age of the Cognac and the type of barrel used in aging it.
VS – The youngest of the cognacs, they usually have flavours of flowers, fresh fruits and citrus.
VSOP – A blend of eau de vie aged for 4-12 years, good for sipping on their own. They usually have a general flavor of dried fruit and flowers. XO – Extra old cognacs have been aged for 20 – 35 years. The flavours vary depending on the maker but generally they taste of dried fruits, warm spices, toffee, nuts, chocolate and sometimes cigar.