Hine Rare VSOP cognac bottled at 40% is the sample that appears from behind door 18 in the Cognac Advent Calendar by Drinks of the Drams. A soft floral and spicy nose with notes of cardamom, gingerbread, vanilla, white pepper, nutmeg and many notes that make me think of Autumn.
On the palate I find soft vanilla and fruit notes of apples, banana, peaches and oranges. Some dried apricots, cranberry, raisins and a hint of chocolate follow towards the not too long finish. This cognac I find mostly soft as you can read on the nose and palate, it has a fudge sweetness in it and some other sweet layers. It is a nice dram but it feels to me like it is a shy little girl hiding behind the curtains, not really confident enough to show itself to the guests. Thanks Drinks by the Dram for sharing this sample!