Facts about Cognac
The drink called cognac is an intoxicating beverage. There are many brands of Cognac and the most popular cognac brands include Courvoisier, Landy, Hennessy ( commonly mis-spelt as Hennessey), Martell, Moyet, Remy Martin and Hine cognacs. Cognac is a fine grape wine produced in the Charente and Charente-Maritime areas of Western France and is named for the town of Cognac which is in this French locality, to the north of Bordeaux. Cognac is made by doubly distilling the white wines produced in any of the growth areas. Cognac is double distilled from fermented grape juice and aged in oak barrels which mellows it and provides its color, aroma and flavor.
Types of Cognac
Cognac is produced by the distillation of fermented grape juice. The primary grape varieties used in making Cognac are Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche which must constitute 90% of the cognac. Armagnac is from the Gascony area of France. Cognac has a golden or brown color has been aged in oak casks, a process called single barrel ageing. The classification used for cognac is:
- V - very
- S - superior or special
- E - extra
- F - fine
- P - pale
- X - extra
- X.O (Extra Old) is at least 6 years old
- V.S.O.P (Very Superior Old Pale) is at least 5 years old
- V.S.(Very Special) is at least 3 years old
Brands of Cognac
There are many brands of Cognac and the most popular cognac brands include Courvoisier, Landy, Hennessy ( commonly mis-spelt as Hennessey), Martell, Moyet, Remy Martin and Hine cognacs.
Hennessy (commonly mis-spelt as Hennessey) Brand of Cognac
Hennessy Cognac is produced by James Hennessy and Co. who merged with Moët et Chandon in 1971. In 1987 the drinks group merged with Louis Vuitton and LVMH was created. But the history of Hennessy started hundreds of years before these dates. In 1765 an Irish mercenary named Richard Hennessy was rewarded by his sponsor, the French King, with land in the town of Cognac in France and started to establish trade with the local wine. His son, also named James Hennessy, expanded the business into the production of brandy - Hennessy Cognac.
Courvoisier Brand of Cognac
The first company to produce Courvoisier was established by Felix Courvoisier in 1835. Courvoisier is famous for being the favorite drink of the Emperor Napoleon.
The Martell Brand of Cognac
Martell is another leading manufacturer of Cognac and the company was founded by Jean Martell in 1715.
Remy Martin Brand of Cognac
Remy Martin was originally produced by a French winemaker called Remy Martin, who founded the company in 1724 and is now owned by the Remy Cointreau Group which was founded in 1991.
Hine Brand of Cognac
The history of Hine cognac dates back to the days of the French Revolution. An Englishman named Thomas Hine moved to the cognac region of France in 1791 and married a French girl called Françoise Elisabeth. Her father owned a cognac company and in 1817 Thomas Hine founded the company called Thomas Hine & Co.
Moyet Brand of Cognac
The history of Moyet cognac dates back to 1864 when the Moyet Company was founded by French man named Euthrope Moyet who was a vine grower and distiller. The Moyet Company was established in Saint-Sulpice in Western France near the town of Cognac.
Calories in Cognac
The calorie count in Cognac and its nutrition value is as follows:
- Calorie in Cognac: 1oz Cognac = 64 Calories in 80 Proof Cognac
- Cholesterol = None
- Saturated fat = None
- Sodium content = Very Low
- Sugar content = None
The downside of Cognac is its high alcohol content. Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa, Ouzo, Metaxa and Calvados are all different types of Brandy.
Most Popular Cognac Recipe
The most popular and latest cognac recipe is the Crunk Juice Recipe. For the initiated 'Crunk' describes a type of American street music popularised by the Hip-Hop artist called Lil Jon and his band the East Side Boyz. Crunk Juice is the 2004 album by Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz. One of the tracks on the album is called "Crunk Juice" which is followed by a track called "Get Crunk". New cocktail recipes were then devised featuring the word crunk.
Free Cognac Drink Recipes
These free Cognac Recipes are suitable for:
- Drinks at your home bar
The list of free Cognac Recipes detailed above contain the contents by ingredients. Exercise your bartending skills, use decorations and unusual drinking glasses and drink coasters to become the bartender of your own personal bar which serves Cognac Recipes!