Door 24 of the Drinks by the Dram Cognac Advent Calendar! That means that all the doors are opened! And that over the last 24 days cognac samples have been coming by, going from left to right through the cognac landscape printed on the box exploring new things along the way. A fun and educational experience and I think I can add some cognac wishes to the list for Santa. The last one for the #cognacadvent is the Courvoisier Initiale Extra Cognac bottled at 40%. It is married from Grande Champagne and Borderies crus at a minimum of 30 years ranging to over 50 years old.
Rich warm notes of earthy tones mixing on the nose with ripe fruit. I am seeing a big platter of French cheeses and fruits in front of me know, I guess that might be a good combination with this cognac. Dense fruitcake, almost a Christmas cake combined with red crumbly apples and fudge. There is also a fresher side to it with equaliptus, ginger and soft creamy citrus notes like a lemon cheesecake with candied oranges and lemon next to it and some good bonbons.
A creamy vanilla note mixed some almonds, mushrooms, dark chocolate and spices appear to me on the palate. Imagine a good dense fruitcake full with all kinds of dried fruits served with a some thick clotted cream on top. Honey, fudge and a bit dusty earthy feeling that sounds not good but it tastes quite good to me. Maybe the closest comparison to that I can make is a dunnage warehouse floor, looking through the casks, walking all the way to the back and dusting of some old ones that are all covered in spiderwebs and years of sticky dust. A lovely, warm, spicy and fruity finish of good length. Great dram to end the #cognacadvent calendar with! Thanks for sharing a sample Drinks by the Dram!