Good cognac to be expensive, but not every expensive cognac is qualitative. By pushing the emergence of such thoughts at times unsuccessful purchase, after which you begin a much closer approach to the choice of a bottle with a good cognac.
Unfortunately, worth a look just fine cognac can not be cheap, it may be said that the manufacturers. This is especially true of domestic brands, which, being available for very little money, have very little to do with this cognac. There are several reasons. First, Ukraine is simply no such area of ??vineyards, from the harvest with which one can get enough of cognac alcohol. Second, for the production of low-cost single-use import cheap cognac spirits, the quality of which can only be judged. On paper, of course, they meet all the standards of quality, but in practice it is not so. And third, in a segment of inexpensive brandy found the largest number of craft is very low quality.
How to tell a good cognacFrankly, choose among affordable cognacs good copy, is not a trivial task. Which, in addition, significantly complicated by the unstable quality of products. In other words, one party you might get a decent budget brandy, and in the other it will be simply impossible to have a drink. It will remain one – of Ukrainian cognac (which, incidentally, is true for cognac Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Russia), to select only vintage and collectible fine cognac. Fortunately, the price is starting from $ 15-20.
Buying French brandy is also not a panacea. Undoubtedly, the production of known Cognac houses in France differs stable quality, but the price for it is very high. Also, with all due respect to the French alcohol industry, to pay about $ 30 for a bottle of cognac category VS (that is, with a two-year delay of the youngest of alcohol) can not be considered the right investment. However, at such high prices for imported cognac is partly to blame, and Ukraine with high fees. Good brandy from France begins with the category VSOP, and find it cheaper $ 50-60 will not work. We should also note a significant share of fakes, often very high-quality appearance. Buying counterfeit goods is itself unpleasant, but is doubly insulting to pay for a bottle of fake brandy three or four-digit sum.
How to buy a good cognacGood brandy will buy, first, abandoning the desire to save money. After all, there are quite affordable vintage Ukrainian and Armenian cognac, with decent quality. Secondly, making sure that the bottle with a welcome drink is not a fake. For this very carefully read the label. It should be exactly glued on paper, from which it is made, should not rush into the eyes of their low quality. Unacceptable presence of glue on the front side of the label and cap must be tightly curled. Unfortunately, for sure say fake in front of you or the original cognac, will only be after a personal trial. To do so place a large snifter in one or two drops of cognac and good roll them on the walls. Shake off excess liquid and start to smell. Aroma of cognac has revealed gradually. First you get the smell of oak, then tobacco, dried fruit, chocolate poslyshatsya notes, vanilla. In fake cognac such a variety of flavors can not be in principle.