STEP 1: THE GLASS
A good tasting glass is important, ideally tulip or balloon-shaped. The glass should narrow towards the opening because this concentrates the cognac’s aroma by your nose. If you don’t have a specialist glass then substitute with a wine glass. It is better if the glass is thin enough for the cognac to be warmed by hand as this releases the aromas. It’s a good idea to set out all your glasses before you start tasting. You should use a clean glass for each different spirit, so for this tasting you require three per person.
STEP 2: THE COGNAC
We recommend tasting in the following order: VS, VSOP, then XO.
This is a flight tasting: where you taste Cognacs from the same house but of different ages, leading your guests from the lighter to the more intense tasting cognacs. To remember which Cognac is in each glass, place the glasses in a line in front of each guest and pour from left to right.